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SPRING 2003 

Message from the President 2 

New Board Chairman 3 

French Library Partnership 3 

People at Lasell 4-7 

Campus Update 8-14 

Annual Fund 15 

Alumni News & Events 16-17 

Lasell Village 18-19 

Bragdon II Campaign 20-21 

Sports News 22-24 

Class Notes Inside 


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The $5 Million Campaign For Bragdon 
Gets $1 Million Challenge 


again. Today, thanks to a $5 million mini-campaign recently launched by the College, the 
hill upon which Bragdon once stood has been reconfigured to serve as home for the new 
Bragdon, a handsome 60-bed residence hall designed to sustain the College's aggressive 
investment in the academic infrastructure and support the dramatic and ongoing growth in 

This mini-campaign comes on the heels of 
the very successful first multi-million-dollar 
capital campaign ever undertaken by Lasell. 
During the "Lasell 150" campaign, more than 
$18 million was raised — a monumental accom- 
plishment for an institution with a relatively 
"young" fundraising program. 

"It is one thing to raise money when the econ- 
omy is booming, and the stock market is on the 
rise. It is another story when the stock market 
has been consistently declining," says Ruth 
Shuman, Dean for Institutional Advancement. 

Two very special benefactors of this institution 
understand how important the Bragdon project is 
to the growth strategy at Lasell College. At the 
January 2003 Board of Trustees meeting, Jean 

Sargent Lee '49, Chairman of the "Campaign for 
Bragdon," announced that Joan Weiler Arnow '49 
and Bob Arnow have offered an extraordinary 
challenge to the "Campaign for Bragdon." They 
are willing to contribute $1 million to the Cam- 
paign if Lasell can raise an additional $1 million 
in gifts. The challenge is open to all alumni and 
friends of the College. "I will personally let Joan 
and Bob know how much we all appreciate their 
generosity and leadership," Lee said. "The two 
have consistently helped us raise the bar in our 
fundraising efforts at Lasell College." 

"The Institutional Advancement staff has its 
work cut out for it in the months ahead," Dean 
Shuman says. "But with everyone's help we can 
reach this goal within the next two years." **■ 


Initial Report from NEASC Celebrates Lasell's 
Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Growth 

By Jim Ostrow, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs 

institution-wide accreditation review by the Commission on Institutions of Higher 
Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), 
the regional accreditation agency for more than 200 colleges and universities in the six 
New England states. Accreditation is voluntary, non-governmental, and self -regulatory, 
and serves the dual purposes of quality assurance and quality improvement. 

Lasell is now entering the final phase of a re- 
accreditation process that began two-and-one-half 
years ago, when we initiated our own internal 
review, or self-study. 

The self-study is Lasell's opportunity to scruti- 
nize every aspect of its operation to determine if 
the institution's offerings are up to or exceed stan- 
dards. It was presented to a visiting committee of 
educators appointed by NEASC's Commission. 

While at many other colleges, accreditation is 
often described as a burdensome process, fulfill- 

ing an institutional obligation but offering little in 
return, at Lasell the self-study has been an 
intensely rewarding process with clear benefits 
to the College. 

The team of eight assembled by NEASC for 
the visit this past November clearly reflects 
the Association's view that Lasell College has 
risen in stature significantly since the 1992 


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Lasell Focuses on New-Found Strengths 

Wth the economy struggling and the stock market in serious decline, 

many colleges and universities — large and small — are facing hard choices in the face of growing 
fiscal hardship. For many institutions, it is endowment income that supports operating budgets, so 
when real-world financial turmoil effects a serious decrease of that endowment, resources shrink and 
even evaporate. 

Such a bleak outlook is furthest from the reality 
at Lasell. The momentum that propels Lasell into 
a more secure era of institutional self-confidence 
and accomplishment has reinvigorated the 
College and its constituencies. 

The investments made during the past decade 
are paying significant dividends. As a small 
institution, we will always need to balance limited 
resources between investments to strengthen 
Lasell' s future, and our firm commitment to 
providing superior education to our students. 
Still, the challenge is not as daunting today as 
it has been in the past. 

Lasell has never been stronger financially, our 
enrollment has broken all records, and our build- 
ing program continues. For the first time in the 
history of Lasell, we enrolled more than 1,000 
students this fall. We have consistently balanced 
our budgets. 

We are building the fourth new residence hall 
in as many years to accommodate the growing 
number of resident students. As a result, we 

launched the "Campaign for Bragdon" to raise 
the money necessary to build a 60-bed residence 
hall on the site of the original Bragdon Hall. I 
hope that you will consider a gift, large or small, 
to support this project that will impact many 
future generations of Lasell students. 

With Lasell's strong infrastructure firmly in 
place, we are now able to focus on capitalizing on 
newfound strengths by consolidating, improving, 
and refining Lasell's niche. 

The ultimate test of — and grade for — 
Lasell's emergence as a restored and revitalized 
educational institution comes from the New 
England Association of Schools and Colleges 
(NEASC), the regional accreditation agency for 
more than 200 colleges and universities in the six 
New England states. In November, an eight-person 
team from NEASC spent four days at Lasell in an 
intensive process that is part of our College's 
10-year reaccreditation. Following their rigorous 
institutional examination, the visiting team 
concluded that Lasell is "a remarkably vibrant, 
engaged, innovative, increasingly selective, and 

growing institution." 

The faculty and staff at Lasell take great pride 
in the exciting initiatives in which they are 
involved — expanding academic offerings, devel- 
oping strong advising and "first year experience" 
programs, improved NCAA rankings for our ath- 
letic teams, and supporting the culture of "service 
learning" on campus. Alumni see the College's 
bold dreams come into reality. Still, there is no 
greater reward for so much hard work and plan- 
ning than an endorsement from a third-party 
entity, especially one as esteemed as NEASC. 
The renaissance at Lasell continues and I invite 
you back to campus to see it firsthand. **• 


Thomas E. J. de Witt, Ph.D. 



accreditation year. The group was composed of 
presidents, senior administrators, and faculty 
from some very fine New England colleges — 
Springfield, Providence, St. Michael's, Trinity 
College in Connecticut, Sacred Heart Universi- 
ty, Assumption, Bryant, and Champlain. 

One is not likely to read a more positive 
accreditation report ... the report celebrates 
our creativity, entrepreneurship, and growth, 
suggesting our self-study "reflects the spirit of 
innovation and collective learning that 
characterizes the institution." 

— Jim Ostrow, 

Vice President for Academic Affairs 

In its preliminary report, the team noted that 
Lasell College is a vibrant, engaged, innovative, 
increasingly selective and growing baccalaureate 
and graduate degree-granting institution. 
The visitors praised our facilities and information 
technology resources, and they were impressed 
especially with the excitement on campus. 
Students — including those who are residents at 
Lasell Village — were passionate and excited 
about their connected learning academics and co- 
curricular life. Staff, faculty, and members of our 
Board of Trustees demonstrated high levels of 

collegiality and commitment to Lasell and the 
success of its students. 

Lasell received the final team report in January. 
The report celebrates our creativity, entrepreneur- 
ship, and growth, suggesting our self-study 
"reflects the spirit of innovation and collective 
learning that characterizes the institution." 

One is not likely to read a more positive 
accreditation report, which also reflects our own 
agreement on what needs to be priorities for the 
institution — including hiring more full-time 
faculty, investing in our technology infrastructure, 
and continuously reviewing the adequacy of our 

human and physical resources as we continue 
to grow. 

President de Witt drafted Lasell's institutional 
response to the team report in early February. 
The President agreed with the report's emphasis 
on the importance of an enrollment-driven insti- 
tution such as ours engaging in carefully crafted 
and cautious financial planning. 

President de Witt and I look forward to our 
meeting with members of NEASC on April 24th, 
which will be followed soon after by official noti- 
fication of our accreditation status. >*• 

Michael A. Maggiacomo Elected Trustee 

Citizens Bank, Healthcare & Non-Profit Group, was elected a trustee to Lasell College in 
January 2003. Mr. Maggiacomo brings 11 years of experience in the banking industry, and 
eight years of corporate, health care, and non-profit lending experience to the Lasell Board. 

Currently, at Citizens Bank, Mr. Maggiacomo various local community organizations. At 

focuses primarily on middle-market healthcare, 
institutional, educational, and social service 
organizations. His team works with more than 
150 clients having a total portfolio in excess of 
$400 million, including commercial loans, credit 
enhancement on bond issues, cash manage- 
ment, trust, and investment management ser- 

Mr. Maggiacomo's charitable involvement 
includes work with the Massachusetts Multiple 
Sclerosis Foundation, Peace of Mind Fund, and 

Boston Senior Home Care, he also serves as 
treasurer of the board of directors. Prior to join- 
ing Citizens in August of 1996, Mr. Maggiacomo 
worked in the Healthcare and Institutions divi- 
sions of Shawmut and Fleet Bank. 

A Northeastern University graduate, magna 
cum laude, Mr. Maggiacomo received a Bachelor 
of Science in Business Administration, with a 
dual concentration in Finance and International 
Business. *- 



SPRING 2003 

New Alliance Brings French 
to Lasell Campus 

learning the language is now available at Lasell, thanks to an exciting 
new partnership between the French Library and the College. 

French conversation can be heard in classrooms 
as adults and children in the Metro West area 
come to Lasell to learn the language for business, 
pleasure, travel or examinations in classes taught 
by faculty from the prestigious French Library 
and Cultural Center /Alliance Frangaise of Boston 
and Cambridge (FLCC/AFBC). 

Beginning in January, the College and FLCC/ 
AFBC started five separate French language 
courses, three for adults and two for children. 
"The courses are designed to bring new opportu- 
nities for educational enrichment to the College's 
campus and to our broader community," says 
Academic Vice President Jim Ostrow. "It is part 
of Lasell's increasing emphasis on art and culture 
as well as international programrrting." 

The children's courses are being held in Rock- 
well Nursery School. There is one section for 
three- to five-year-olds and another for six and 
seven-year-olds. As the children arrive, they 
happily take out some of the toys that are neatly 
stacked in the room, waiting for the two native 
French-speaking teachers to begin the class. When 
the teachers call out, "Bonjour, mes petits amis," the 
youngsters move to a round table and open their 
sticker workbooks. 

"It is so wonderful to 
have this opportunity with- 
out going into Boston," 
exclaims one of the par- 
ents. "Some of the children 
speak French at home and 
some don't, but the teach- 
ers talk to them as if they 
were on the same level. 
They all seem very com- 
fortable and they pick up languages so quickly." 

On the adult side, there are Beginning French, 
Low Intermediate French and Advanced Conver- 
sation classes. 

"We are delighted by this partnership, repre- 
senting two organizations in expansion and 
growth, "stated Elaine Uzan Leary, Executive 
Director of the FLCC/AFBC, and former Newton 
native. "With this collaboration we are able to 
expand and bring exciting services and programs 
to the communities outside of Boston." 

"Because of the welcome offered to us by 
Lasell," says Ellen Munley, Director of Education 
and Library Development at the FLCC, "not only 
are we able to offer our classes and programs to 

With the help of their teacher, young French students work busily. 

a larger audience, but Lasell will become an insti- 
tutional member of the FLCC/AFBC. This will 
provide students, faculty, and staff with the full 
benefit of our resources, which include a library 
of more than 20,000 titles, and 700 French films, 
making us the second largest private French 
library in the country." 

There is no longer any need to feel starved for 
French culture. The riches of la belle France have 
arrived on the Lasell campus. For more informa- 
tion, please call (617) 912-0400, or visit the French 
Library Web site at »• 

New Chairman of the Board Erik J. Stapper 
Expects to Learn as Well as Lead 

Stapper to Lasell. A trustee of the College since January 2000, he also serves as a trustee of 
the Village, is a Village resident, and is married to Antoinette (Atch) Ruinen Stapper '56, 
a College Overseer. Taking on the role of College Board Chairman is a testament to his 
continuing commitment to Lasell. "I know it will be a real educational experience and it's 
one to which I am looking forward," he says. 

"You have to understand that at Lasell I'm 
used to being the accompanying person," laughs 
Chairman Stapper, as he looks at his alumna wife. 
"I first arrived on campus after meeting Atch 
when I was at Harvard. My plan had been to 
head over to Wellesley, but I never got that far." 

It was after coming back for Atch's 40th 
reunion that the Stappers became reconnected to 
Lasell, and when they learned about the develop- 
ment and construction of the Village, they decid- 
ed to make a priority deposit. "What really 
attracted us to this unique retirement community 
was the ongoing learning opportunity," he 

A partner at Stapper & Van Doren, a New 
York City law firm, Erik Stapper is a tax lawyer 
who brings expertise in exempt organizations to 
Lasell. After graduating from Harvard, he attend- 
ed the Academy of International Law in The 
Hague, Netherlands, and two years later received 
his J.D. from the University of Michigan, where 
he was a Law Review editor. 

A member of the New York Bar, he has 
served on the Committee on Exempt Organiza- 
tions of both the New York State and American 
Bar Associations for more than 20 years. With his 
international law background, he is a valued 
member of the International Fiscal Association 
and he served on the Executive Council of the 
International Academy of Estate and Trust Law 
from 1994-1998. He has been a frequent partici- 
pant in the Academy panel discussions held 
throughout the world. 

Art has long been an interest of Chairman 
Stapper, as is evidenced by the paintings that 
hang on the walls of the couple's apartment. 
He was the estate planning contributor to Art 
Law Handbook, Aspen, 2000, and has also written 
Art Law and The Collector: Keeping the Collection 
Together at the Death of the Collector. 

Because "I'm not retired, not even semi- 
retired," emphasizes Chairman Stapper, "we 
divide our time between New York and Auburn- 
dale. Before leaving for New York City recently, I 

New Chairman of the Board of Trustees Erik J. Stapper 

read to a number of Village residents from the 
graduation instructions for the Class of 1956. As 
best as I can remember, one of the rules was, 'All 
gowns must be clean and pressed; a clean white 
dress is to be worn underneath with high heels.' 
"This is a moment from Lasell's history. Over 
the years Lasell has shown its ability to adapt to 
an ever-changing world without sacrificing the 
goal of academic excellence. Lasell has met this 
challenge in the past — witness its growth. I am 
convinced that with the help of the students 
(undergraduate, graduate, and Villagers), faculty, 
staff, and trustees, Lasell will continue to do so for 
at least the next 150 years, and I am glad to be a 
part of this energetic institution. I urge all alumni 
to return for a look at an alma mater that 
has reinvented itself in such a dramatic way." **• 

SPRING 2003 







David A. Carlson, Ph.D. — The Man Behind the Lens 

Dave CARLSON is not your stereotypical college professor, beneath his bespectacled, soft-spoken, 

academic exterior beats the heart of an experienced, no-nonsense U.S. Treasury Department Federal Agent (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco 
and Firearms - ATF). 

Dave (pictured at right in a self portrait), who 
recently has been seen around campus on the 
shooting side of a Nikon camera, is an Assistant 
Professor of Justice Studies, School of Arts and 
Sciences, holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern Uni- 
versity, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from 
the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and a 
Bachelor of Science degree from Upsala College in 
New Jersey. But his first career, in which he spent 
some 24 years, was as a Special Agent for the 
United States Treasury Department, serving 
as a federal criminal investigator and posted occa- 
sionally with the U.S. Secret Service to protect 
presidential candidates and foreign dignitaries. 

His photography work at Lasell has nothing to 
do with crime scene investigations — though he 
has a good deal of forensic photography under 
his belt. No, the focus of his camera work has 
been Lasell's Cabinet members. Each of the eight 
has posed for Dave to shoot them for publication. 
Dave worked with the Office of Communication 
on the 2001-2002 President's Report of the Year, 
which is available online, as a pdf document, at 
Lasell's Online Community, under File Library, at 
http: / / 

"His work is awesome," says Director of 
Communications Fran Weil. "We 'discovered' 
Dave's talent for portraiture after he emailed us 
a few shots he had taken of professors Joe Aieta 
and Malini Pillai." 

"We knew a good thing when we saw it," says 
Assistant Director of Communications Phyllis 
Taylor, "and hoped Dave would be willing to 
share his talent with the Lasell community." The 
two asked Carlson if he wanted to shoot for the 
annual report and happily, he said yes. 

"I love photography," says Carlson, whose 
resume reads like that of the lead character of the 
popular CSI television program. "I am fascinated 
with the way the human face changes and reacts 

to its environment. The 'snaps', as he calls his 
photos, "capture subtleties that the human 
eye can't." 

Dave Carlson behind the lens. 

Beyond his talent for composition and lighting, 
Dr. Carlson's special knack includes the ability to 
disarm his subjects and make them feel comfort- 
able in front of the camera lens. 

"I have a lot of interviewing experience," says 
the former Treasury agent. "I conducted many 
during my stint as a federal agent." Getting peo- 
ple to relax and to feel comfortable with him is 
part of his stock and trade. "It works best," he 
maintains, "if people feel as if they can trust me." 
They can. 

"I prefer to shoot people rather than scenes," 

he says. He remembers the one big exception, 
when he scaled a towering street pole in 1981, 
to capture, on film, the return of the 83 hostages 
from Iran. 

"We sometimes get lucky and discover that 
we have interests that we can develop that prove 
useful in our careers. Photography is one of my 
interests and every once in a while I get the 
opportunity to practice it at work. 

"Photography and teaching, done well, are both 
challenging, but teaching wins because there is 
no photograph that can duplicate the experience 
of sharing efforts with students to achieve fuller 
and richer understandings about our mutual 
existence," he says. 

"I like teaching because it is a playing field 
where there is no opposing side. .. except igno- 
rance. If s satisfying to work together to provide 
the best conditions for helping students learn 
about existence from a variety of perspectives and 
to see students improve their analytical and com- 
munications skills, step by step." 

David Carlson previously taught at North- 
eastern University in Boston and Anna Maria 
College in Paxton, MA, and serves as a Special 
Investigator under contract with the United States 
Department of Defense for national security clear- 
ances. He has traveled extensively to Africa, Cen- 
tral and South America, Scandinavia, the West 
Indies, and Europe. 

"During my life I have had good fortune in 
various work settings, such as with the U.S. Coast 
Guard, the Treasury Department, and now in 
academia," says Carlson. "Perhaps some of my 
prior career experiences have tempered me by 
forcing me to make decisions, hopefully, wise ones. 
These experiences, particularly in the justice arena, 
may help me, and perhaps my students, in what 
we accomplish in the classroom." **• 


SPRING 2003 

Dean Brewer Doran Gets 
Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant 

for Brewer Doran, dean, School of Business Administration and Information 
Technology at Lasell College, and director of the College's Master of Science in 
Management program. 

In November, Dean Doran was named the 
"Outstanding Scholar in Chinese Marketing," 
co-sponsored by the Society for Marketing 
Advances (SMA) and the Golden Tripod Society 
of China. The award was presented at the SMA 
annual luncheon in St. Petersburg, Florida, on 
November 15th, and the prize was a two-week 
research trip to China. Dean Doran was selected 
from a group of scholars in marketing or business 
at U.S. institutions of higher education who 
demonstrate an interest, and preferably a research 
record, focusing on marketing-related phenomena 
in China. The research had to highlight aspects of 
macro- and micro-oriented marketing issues and 
perspectives that specifically address problems 
and solutions to key concerns in the Chinese 

Recently, Dean Doran added another honor 
to her resume. She received a Fulbright Senior 
Specialists grant in Business Administration at 
Uganda Martyrs University. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by 
the United States Department of State's Bureau of 
Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is managed 
by the Council for International Exchange of 
Scholars. The program's purpose is to increase 
mutual understanding between the people of the 
United States and the people of other countries. 

With her bags packed and her inoculations in 
order, Dean Doran headed to Uganda Martyrs 
University (UMU) in Nkozi, Uganda on March 6. 
Founded in 1993, UMU is a Catholic university 

and is considered to be one of the leading 
private universities in Uganda. 

"The Senior Specialists Program offers 
two- to six-week grants to senior U.S. academics 
and professionals to support auricular and facul- 
ty development and institutional planning at 
academic institutions in 140 countries around 
the world," explains Dean Doran. Grantees 
also undertake new activities, ranging from 
conducting teacher training and developing 
and assessing curricula or educational materials 
to leading seminars or workshops or conducting 
needs assessments. 

Created to complement the traditional Fulbright 
Scholar Program, which was started in 1946 under 
legislation introduced by the late Senator J. 
William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Senior Special- 
ists Program aims at increasing the number of fac- 
ulty and professionals who have the opportunity 
to go abroad on a Fulbright. 

"The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program 
offers grants ranging from two months to an aca- 
demic year. Since some academics and profession- 
als find it difficult to be overseas for that length of 
time, the new Senior Specialists Program offers 
them another option," states Patti McGill Peterson, 
executive director of the Council for International 
Exchange of Scholars, the organization that man- 
ages the Fulbright Scholar Program. 

"I was accepted onto the Senior Specialists 
roster last fall and when I received an email from 
the Fulbright Program, I assumed that I would be 

Dean Brewer Doran with some of her UMU students. 

going to Asia, my area of expertise. They had to 
dig way back in my C.V. to find the African con- 
nection," Dean Doran laughs. 

"I traveled in Uganda on a photographic safari 
with my parents in 1971, and I returned again in 
1975 -1976 as a senior fellow from Dartmouth 
College. By the end of that year I could speak flu- 
ent Swahili and my senior thesis was entitled 
'Personal Art: Body Decoration and Dance as 
Alternative Art Forms Among Pastoral Nomads.' 

At UMU I'll be training young faculty mem- 
bers, lecturing on global marketing to students in 
their M.B.A. program, and looking over the cur- 
riculum of that program — quite a difference." 

As she left for Nkozi, Dean Doran said, "I'm so 
appreciative of the opportunity that the Fulbright 
Senior Specialists Program has made available to 
me. I look forward to sharing my experiences 
with the Lasell community when I get back." 
Dean Doran holds a PhD. in International 
Marketing with a minor in Behavioral Manage- 
ment from McGill University. She earned her 
M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden 
School and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. She 
has worked in the fields of strategic planning, 
finance, sales, executive education, and aviation. **■ 

Humanities Chair Mimi Reddicliffe 
Demonstrates a Passion for Teaching 

her profession, the classes she's teaching at Lasell, and her students. "I have been teaching for 25 years, 16 of which 
have been at Lasell, and my greatest joy is watching students develop. I've been able to see students in many differ- 
ent roles and I've watched them change during the four years they are here. There's always something unexpected, 
and I love to see them excel." 

Mimi Reddicliffe 

Teaching is a two-way street, as Reddicliffe willingly acknowledges. "I 
definitely learn from my students. That/ s one of the great things about the 
student /teacher relationship. It's important to keep an open mind." 

All incoming students must take Writing I & II, which are among the 
courses that Mimi Reddicliffe has taught. "The transition from high school 
to college is a difficult one. The expectations are different. A teacher's role 
is to help students make the transformation." 

Pleased with the accomplishments of students in writing classes across the 
campus, Reddicliffe has bound their writing samples together and uses them 
as teaching examples of how students' skills increase and change. 

Thinking back over the courses she has taught, Mimi Reddicliffe readily 
admits that she had a particularly successful Creative Writing class last 
spring. "I was worried that not enough students would enroll and to my 
surprise, 20 students signed up. This was a group that just couldn't stop 
writing. They went above and beyond the required goals and were equally 
enthusiastic about trying poetry, short stories, and screenplays. It was so 
gratifying," she says. >*• 

(This story was written with the assistance of 
Communications intern Brooke Wyman '03.) 

SPRING 2003 





Cathy Black was recently 
appointed Campaign Director 
for the "Campaign for Brag- 
don." She will have primary 
responsibility for raising the 
$5 million needed to build the 
newest 60-bed residence hall 
near the site of the original 
Bragdon Hall. Black joined 
Lasell in 1999 as a Major Gifts 
Officer and contributed to the successful $18.1 
million "Lasell 150" capital campaign. She also 
is responsible for the planned giving program 
at Lasell. 

Cathy Black 


Kimberly Farah, Ph.D., associate professor of 
Chemistry, recently spoke at Slippery Rock Uni- 
versity in Pennsylvania about exsisting threats to 
ecological health. Dr. Farah was the final speaker 
in SRU's year-long focus on Rachel Carson, the 
renowned biologist, writer, and ecologist, who 
courageously crusaded against the misuse of 
pesticides in our environment and first warned 
the public about their hazards in her 1962 book, 
Silent Spring. 

Dr. Farah's lecture focused on the potential 
threats against the environment and society's 
health associated with the use of chemical com- 
pounds found in common household items. In 
Dr. Farah's studies and samplings in the Cape 
Cod, MA area, she has found "endocrine dis- 
rupters." Alkylphenol polyethoxylates (APEs) — 
which are found in common detergents, paper, 
paints and other items and are thought to have 
an effect on the endocrine system. Also, Kim 
Farah talks of "environmental estrogens" (EEs), 
which are synthetic estrogens such as those found 
in hormone replacement medications and are also 
believed to be in some household products. Dr. 
Farah believes that the next 10 years will show 
marked changes in the understanding and atti- 
tude towards APEs and EEs in the environment. 
"These contaminants are today what smoking 
was 30 years ago. There wasn't a lot of proof that 
smoking was unhealthy, but there was a sense 
that it was," she recalls. 


Nicole Houdelette Ragognetti '99 has joined 
the Office of Graduate Admission. Nicole, who 
graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 
Exercise Physiology from Lasell, and holds a 
Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy 
Cross, serves as administrative assistant to the 
Graduate Admission Office and also to the Enroll- 
ment Management Department. 

Since graduating from Lasell, Nicole has 
worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant at 
Charles River Sports Therapy in Boston and at 
Faux Designs in Newton as an Administrative 



Ross Charette 

Ross Charette joined the IT 
staff in February, as a part-time 
Information Systems Analyst. 
He will take on some of the 
department's growing responsi- 
bilities. Ross attended Framing- 
ham State College and received 
the Microsoft Systems Engineer 

Sonia Slomba 

Michele Kosboth 

certification. In his free time Ross likes to read, 
play drums, work on his computer, and has a 
general interest in sci-fi. 


Sonia Slomba is the new 
Assistant Director of Student 
Financial Planning at Lasell, 
and comes to us from Katharine 
Gibbs College. She has also 
worked in the area of financial 
aid at both Boston College and 
Northeastern University. She 
has a BA. in Communications 
from Boston College and an 

M.Ed, in Counseling from Providence College. 

Sonia is a native of Brazil and speaks both Spanish 

and Portuguese. 


Michele Kosboth, Director 
of Student Financial Planning, 
has been appointed to the Sal- 
lie Mae Technical Advisory 
Group. Sallie Mae is the largest 
student loan servicer in the 
nation, and is on the cutting 
edge of the technology that 
provides the delivery of ser- 
vices and loan funds to both 
the colleges that use Sallie Mae to process loans, 
and to the students who borrow through them. 
As a member of this committee, Michele Kosboth 
will participate in the testing of new products 
and services and make recommendations about 
their development. The Lasell Student Services 
Office will function as a beta site for the early 
versions of new or improved loan delivery and 
servicing software available from Sallie Mae. 


Adjunct instructor Cathleen 

Twomey, who teaches writing 

and children's literature at 

Lasell, will have Beachmont 

Letters, a young adult novel, 

published this spring by Boyds 

Mills Press, publishers of books 

for children from preschool 

to youne adult. She previously 
Cathleen Twomey , , , „ . , 

authored the well-received 

Charlotte's Choice, a story of friendship and 


According to a School Library Journal review, 
December 2001, Twomey's "narration has an 
authentic, engaging voice and is used to record 
details and dialogue that bring life to the girl's 
family, friends, and neighbors. The themes of 
friendship and trust are integral to the story 
and... this powerful book creates a realistic 
picture of life and pressures in the early 1900's 
and is fast paced enough to engage even 
reluctant readers." 

Cathleen Twomey recently graduated from the 
Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children pro- 
gram at Vermont College. 

When she is not writing or teaching, she 
devotes her time to music and drawing. 

Julie Crespi 

Julie Crespi has joined the 
Bursar's Office as the new 
Student Financial Assistant. 
She holds both an Associate's 
degree in Public Relations and 
a Bachelor's degree in Adver- 
tising Communications /Mar- 
keting from Johnson and 
Wales University, and comes 
to Lasell from EMC Corpora- 
tion, where she provided support for the sales 


From Jim Ostrow, Vice 

President of Academic Affairs: 

"I am very pleased to 

announce that in recognition 

of her increased level of 

responsibility at the College, 

Dorothy Halsey has been 

named Administrative Coordi- 
Dorothy Halsey , . , . ,, . T 

nator of Academic Affairs. In 

addition to managing all aspects of the Academic 
Affairs office, Dorothy Halsey also directs produc- 
tion of the annual College Catalog as well as the 
Student Planner. She is also the State Departmenf s 
designated official at the College, managing the 
1-20 process for all international students. Dorothy 
sits as a member of Academic Review, Academic 
Council, and the Academic Affairs Committee of 
the Board of Trustees. Please join me in congratu- 
lating Dorothy Halsey for this recognition of her 
important leadership role at the College." 


New to the Office of Admission, but certainly 
not new to Lasell, is Susan Scichilone Presti. A 
graduate of Lasell with a major in Office Manage- 
ment in '88, and Business Management in '94, 
Susan worked in the Office of Student Affairs, as 
Director of Support Services, from 1990 to 1998, 
filling a variety of roles, including advisor to the 
yearbook, advisor to the Commuter Club, and 
coordinator of the Japanese Exchange Program. 
Although she took a four-year hiatus from Lasell, 
Susan still stayed in touch and kept involved 
with her alma mater, attending events and serv- 
ing as a member of the Alumni Board of Manage- 
ment in various chair roles from 1990 to 2001. 

Kathleen M. O'Connor, Vice President for 
Enrollment Management, was in Chicago Novem- 
ber 9 through the 13th to attend the Symposium 
for the Marketing of Higher Education, sponsored 
by the American Marketing Association. The 
Symposium has five tracks and as an advisory 
board member, Kate O'Connor chairs the track on 
Enrollment Development. The conference brings 
together more than 400 higher education market- 
ing professionals from all over the world to par- 
ticipate in sessions on institutional branding Web 
marketing, integrated marketing communications, 
market research, strategic planning and competi- 
tive positioning. This is her sixth year as a track 
chair and an advisory board member. **■ 


SPRING 2003 

Risa Mil 




First-Time Novelist Risa Miller Draws Raves 
for "Welcome to Heavenly Heights" 

Welcome To Heavenly Heights an "allusive, graceful novel." Publisher's Weekly lauds Miller for her "fresh 
and spirited eye for imagery," and the Washington Post cites her hot-off -the-press novel about orthodox 
Jewish families from America settling on Israel's terrorist-torn West Bank for its "remarkable prose" and 
its "memorable portraits of people." 


The teacher, author, and mother of 
five — who lectures in the Humanities 
Department of Lasell's School of Arts 
and Sciences — offered a reading from 
her "understated and ultimately heart- 
breaking" first book, on Thursday, February 20 at Lasell Village. 

It took Risa Miller 10 years to complete the book, the core of which was 
her M.F.A. thesis, and, as she explained to the audience, "I had to learn 
things about myself while I was writing. For instance, I always thought I 
was a worrier and I didn't realize how imaginative I was. 

"I had to learn how to peer inside and know my own weaknesses and 
I had to trust my ability to concentrate when I needed to. I'm committed 
to writing honestly and I love sharing my passion for writing with my 

The winner of a prestigious PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) New 
England Discovery Award for Heavenly Height's original, unpublished 
manuscript in 1999, Risa Miller is now a bona fide published author whose 
newly acquired collections of rave reviews credential her for a rosy future 
as a serious voice in the arena of the American novel. **• 

Jim Tweed, Director 
of Admission 

James Tweed Comes on Board 
as Director of Admission 

says the affable James Tweed, Lasell's energetic new Director of Admission. 

Indeed, last fall Lasell welcomed the largest 
incoming class in 30 years, bringing 392 new stu- 
dents to the campus — the biggest class seen at 
Lasell in three decades. 

"The goal, of course, is to maintain the momen- 
tum," says Tweed, who arrived at Lasell straight 
from a successful admissions tenure at Roger 
Williams University, where, most recently, he 
served as Associate Director of Admissions. 

Tweed assures that he is grateful for the oppor- 
tunity at Lasell, and up to the challenge. "College 
admissions is a unique and wonderful field," he 
adds, and he'll be drawing on his past experience, 
spanning entry level to aclministration, to direct 
his approach at the College. 

"In addition to providing college counseling 
and admissions decisions, admission counselors 
are frequently on the road — mamtaining plants 
can even become a challenge in this profession," 
he laughs. "But it can be an exciting career. . . 
if s competitive and involves many facets of 
marketing and communication. Most importantly, 
admissions is about continuing and building new 
relationships with the guidance community and 
prospective students and families, and helping 
high school students make informed choices 
about their educational futures," he says. 

Admissions professionals seasonally travel to 
defined geographic markets to provide informa- 
tion to students at college fairs, high schools, and 
other colleges and universities. "We also have the 
opportunity to create publications, oversee an 
integrated marketing approach, and look at ways 
to build and sustain retention. The field isn't for 

everyone," he concedes. "To be effective in this 
profession requires you to be flexible, outgoing, 
comfortable about meeting new people and, you 
really need to care about and believe in the insti- 
tution you represent." 

At Roger Williams University, Tweed was an 
active member of the University Strategic Plan- 
ning committee, the Honors Program committee, 
and was responsible for one of the largest recruit- 
ment territories for the University. Additionally, 
as associate director, Tweed provided leadership 
and supervision to the admissions staff and more 
than 60 student admissions assistants. He also 
provided research and analysis helping to develop 
branding, recruitment strategies, and marketing 
plans for the institution. Tweed is a graduate of 
Stonehill College in Easton, MA. He is a frequent 
presenter at the New England Association for 
College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), and is 
a member of the National Association for College 
Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the 
Caribbean Counselors Association (CCA). 

Tweed, whose parents currently live on Cape 
Cod, is a fraternal twin. His brother Joseph, with 
whom he is extremely close, works in academia 
as well. "Joe is the Director of College Counseling 
at Trinity Pawling, a college preparatory school 
for boys in New York. We don't look much alike 
now, but we think and sound very much the 
same, " says Tweed. "Having Joe on the other 
side of the desk is a professional bonus and 
makes for lively dinner conversations when we 
get the opportunity to spend time together." **• 


in the College's history, Lasell's total enroll- 
ment crested the 1000 mark. "We've actual- 
ly been breaking records for five years," 
says Vice President for Enrollment Manage- 
ment Kathleen O'Connor, "but reaching 
1000 is like breaking through the sound bar- 
rier. There's a tremendous amount of ener- 
gy on this campus right now and the 
enrollment numbers reflect this. We are 
experiencing historic highs in applications, 
new student enrollment, and total College 

"The Admissions staff deserves an enor- 
mous amount of credit," she says. "They 
are bright, capable, and student focused. 
Theirs is a huge accomplishment. They 
stepped right up to the plate and were 
never overwhelmed by the 2,200 applica- 
tions we received last year." 

In December, this successful team gained 
a new director, James Tweed. He arrived 
at Lasell from Roger Williams, where he 
was associate director of Admissions and 
was responsible for its largest recruitment 
territory (see story at left). 

Wendy Ferrucci is Lasell's director of 
Graduate Admission and is responsible 
for that program's successful September 
start (see story on page 8). Since January, 
six new students have enrolled in the 
graduate program and the office is now 
fielding inquiries for next fall. Because of 
the increase in volume, Wendy is now 
assisted full time by Nicole Houdelette 
Ragognetti '99, and the office has moved 
to the Irwin Annex, a* 

SPRING 2003 



Twelve Pioneering Students Complete 
New Graduate Program's First Semester 

of Science in Management program. "Our only surprise is that the program ran so smoothly/' 
smiles Brewer Doran, dean of the School of Business and Graduate Program director. "My 
students arrive early and at the end of class I can't get them to leave. This group is the best 
and is exactly what we had hoped for in our pioneering class." 


Recruitment for the program started last spring 
under the direction of Wendy Ferrucci, who was 
promoted from her position of associate director of 
Undergraduate Admission to director of Graduate 
Admission. "We developed a direct mail piece, ran 
radio ads, and really concentrated on areas that are 
no more than an hour away from campus," Wendy 
recalls. "What I discovered was that when appli- 
cants called, they were extremely interested and 
usually ready to enroll." 

"I went on-line looking for graduate programs 
that were close and was struck by Lasell's program 
because it was new," says Peggy McCarthy, a lia- 
bility examiner at Ahold USA, in Canton, MA, who 
enrolled this fall. "The response I got from Wendy 
is really why I'm here. I called, I was excited, and 
Wendy kept in contact. It was like she heard me 
and was there to respond to all my questions." 

Two alumnae, Trina Green '01 and Kelly HS 
Tufts '97, are members of the inaugural class. Both 
work as case managers for Brockton Area Multi- 
Service Inc. (BAMSI), and neither realized that the 
other was a Lasell graduate until they started class- 
es in September. "It was a total coincidence," 
exclaims Kelly. "I had a great experience at Lasell, 
always loved the campus, and for both of us, I 
think it was a nice feeling to come back." Kelly * 
went on to Bridgewater State College after Lasell, 
receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001 
with a major in social work. 

For the fall semester, all students enrolled in the 
initial foundation course, Fundamentals of Execu- 
tive Management, which is taught by Dean Doran. 
"The class is very well put together," says Trina, 
"but it was a bit overwhelming at first. You have 
to be very computer savvy, there was a lot of new 
terminology and, because I work full-time, and 
hold a part-time job on the side, time management 
was an issue for me. I'm proud of what I'm accom- 

Using the Jenzabar system, a Web-based Intranet 
application, was something that all the students 
had to get used to. The course schedule is posted 
there as well as class assignments and questions. 
Course material can also be downloaded from the 
site and there is an online discussion forum. "By 
using Jenzabar, we are in touch with each other 
constantly," says Kelly. "It's like meeting at the 
water cooler." 

Currently, Lasell graduate students are assem- 
bling Web-based electronic portfolios, a tool that is 
designed both for reflection and as a means of 
showcasing individual accomplishments. "Does 
my head look like if s spinning?" laughs Lesley 
Adkison, who is a psychiatric clinical nurse. "Get- 
ting used to the new technology is a challenge. As 

I struggle to create hyperlinks, I keep reminding 
myself that I need to feel comfortable because I 
know what I'm learning will be invaluable for any 
future job positions. 

"Besides my nursing experience, I've also 
worked in bio-technology and have been involved 
with HTV research," Lesley continues. "I've had 
three careers and the finance piece is what I feel 
I'm missing. I'm on the fence about which of the 
two management concentrations to choose — mar- 
keting or elder care — but regardless of which I 
pick, if s a no-lose situation; either can be manipu- 
lated in many directions." 

This spring four courses are being offered and 
Dean Doran is looking at alternative formats such 
as a January one-week intensive course and run- 
ning two terms in the summer. At the moment, 
most students see themselves completing their 
degree requirements over a three-year period. 
"I'm more concerned with what I learn and retain," 
explains Peggy McCarthy. "If s not just about 
finishing up." 

(Left to right) Trina Green '01 and Kelly HS Tufts '97 are the 
first alumnae to enroll in the new graduate program. 

All of the students appreciate the flexibility of 
the program. "The administration and faculty 
want to know what works for us," says Peggy. 
"They know that we haven't been in class for 
many years and we are always being encouraged 
by the faculty. It is apparent that everyone is 
totally behind us. This is a new and exciting 
chapter in my life." 

"If s tough to be first," says Dean Doran. "These 
students have put their trust in us and if s exciting 
to see them tackle projects with great energy. The 
first semester has been a wonderful learning expe- 
rience for both the students and the faculty." *+ 

Graduate Program Director Brewer Doran and Graduate 
Admission Director Wendy Ferrucci look over an application. 


S^Lasell Actor's 
^Lab Premiere 


reappearance of theater productions on 
the Lasell campus with Restless Voices: 
Scene Work from the Lasell Actor's Lab. 

Despite the season's first snowstorm, stu- 
dents, faculty, parents, and Lasell Village 
residents turned out as an enthusiastic audience 
to see the student actors work in staged scenes 
from Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Lorca, and 
other contemporary playwrights. 

"It was great to see these young actors' 
work rewarded by a good-sized, appreciative 
audience," said Kent Miller, director of the 
inaugural group. 

This spring, the Actor's Lab is working on a 
production of Brian Frier's Dancing at Lughnasa, 
which will premiere on May 1 and run through 
May 3. The play is a lyrical character study of 
an Irish family's struggles to survive 
turbulent events. 

"This is such an ensemble play and the casf s 
work is so detailed in it, that if s really a joy to 
direct," says Miller. "The cast features some 
faces the audience will recognize from our scene 
work last semester as well as some new ones 
not seen before. I'm hoping that interest will 
continue to grow, both in the Lab and among 
our community of audience members." **■ 

From the top: Kent Miller, Tiffany Cuddihy '06, 
Leila Hoffstein '06, Danielle Johnson '05, Josh 
Layne '05, Liz Landon '06, Jenny DuPuis '06. 
Missing: Dave Mclnnis '03 and Wayne Kreis '04. 



SPRING 2003 



Emerging Leaders Program Challenges 
Students to Learn about Themselves 

part of the Lasell experience, and each year it has grown in depth and quality. An estab- 
lished program at a number of colleges and universities, Emerging Leaders is dedicated to 
identifying potential student leaders on campus. The participants are primarily first year 
students who are nominated by Lasell faculty and staff. 

Members of Resident Director Brian Hughes' Emerging 
Leaders section. 

"This year we received 120 nominations/' says Director of Student Activi- 
ties Anne-Marie Kenney. " Some of those nominated didn't even realize that 
their names were being put forth. We then sent out applications to them and 
were very pleased by the response we received." 

Starting in January, three sections of students began a series of eight non- 
credit workshops. "The central goal of the program is to challenge and moti- 
vate students to learn more about themselves as individuals, and to apply 
that learning to the issues involved in developing leadership skills," Anne- 
Marie Kenney explains. 

"For each student it is a personal journey. We ask them to think about 
what makes them tick and how they can transform their innate skills. Some 
of the topics we cover are communication skills, including listening and 
feedback, cultural understanding and sensitivity, moral and ethical decision- 
making, presentation skills, and public speaking." 

The students who participate in the program are a motivated group who 

are interested in taking part in on-campus events. They have made a con- 
scious decision to take the time to attend the seminars and are vested in the 
program, Kenney explains. 

"We know these students well after eight weeks," she continues. "This is 
a group of students that we can call on to become orientation leaders, men- 
tors, or heads of clubs and organizations. They feel connected to Lasell and 
when they graduate they take with them skills that will help them in their 
jobs and careers." 

In April, all emerging leaders celebrate the completion of the program by 
attending a dinner at President de Witf s house. It is an evening to which he 
always looks forward. As the students are awarded their certificates, each 
receives a loud round of applause from the Lasell community members who 
nominated them. **• 

Student Newspaper 1851 Is Launched 

staff of 22, the first issue of 2552, the student newspaper, came out in January just in time to 
greet returning students. "These students truly put their hearts and souls into this first 
issue," says Professor Diane Donatio, faculty advisor for the paper. "They are rightly proud 
of their efforts and deserve all the positive feedback they have received." 

Mclnnis had been thinking about starting a 
newspaper for a year and a half but it wasn't 
until last September, with the encouragement of 
Dean Steven Bloom, that the idea took serious 
shape. "Once my name became attached to it, 
I started contacting people on campus and, in 
October, I called a meeting for all interested 
students so that we could turn the vision into a 
reality. We weren't just looking for communica- 
tions majors. We needed people with a wide 
variety of skills and talents, including writers, 

Members of the 1851 staff, left to right back row: Jason Saldo 
'03, Anthony Maimone '06 , Dave Mclnnis '03, Brian Frail '04, 
Anushka De Silva '04, Aida Mejia '06. Front row: Tracy 
Maloney '04, Meghan Ryan '06, Cassandra Maurissant '05 

editors, layout and graphic artists, salespeople, 
and photographers." 

After the October meeting, the core group took 
form, but the organizational chart was continu- 
ously changing and evolving. "We had to decide 
on a name, a format, and on what the lead story 
would be," said Brian Frail '04, the publication's 
managing editor. "I was glad that I had some 
previous experience with the start-up of The 
Gestalt, Lasell's literary journal, but it was Dave 
who really shouldered the burden. I think he 
thought about the paper every waking moment." 

Every week the group would meet for an hour- 
and-a-half to work on a rough draft and to proof 
copy, but "the layout was the hardest," said 
Mclnnis. "We met one Sunday night for three 
hours and we had to format everything in the 
desktop publishing software QuarkXPress. We 
were very grateful to have the help of Technology 
Professor Richard Dodds, but in spite of all 
efforts it still took several tries to get everything 
right. It was a real learning process!" 

The paper received funding from the Office for 
Academic Affairs, "but we wanted to have some 
ads as well," explained Brian Frail. "I worked 
with professors loseph Potts and Richard Bath on 
how to put together a marketing /sales pitch and 
then I went out there and tried it. I certainly 

learned rejection firsthand, but when the Auburn- 
dale Bank asked if they could have a full page ad 
I was thrilled." 

"We were all anxious to see the finished prod- 
uct," said Dave Mclnnis. "Looking at it on the 
computer is one thing, but seeing it in print is 
something altogether different. Now we're evalu- 
ating the results and trying to make sure that 
everything is in place for future issues. I graduate 
this May, but we are lucky to be able to count on 
Brian's leadership next year, and the staffs effort 
will ensure that the students' voices will continue 
to be heard throughout the community. It will 
also ensure the on-going, valuable opportunity 
for connected learning for students interested in 
writing, editing, and publishing." **- 

SPRING 2003 





Students Start Children's Nonprofit 

to organize their own non-profit charitable organization with the 
intent to solicit tax-deductible donations, their goal: to improve 
educational opportunities for children of agricultural workers in 
Coatepec and the children of Nogales, two cities in the state of 
Veracruz in Mexico. 

Together, Lesley Bautista '06, Sandra Orellana '06, Jeffry Peguero '06, 
Zamanta Monterrosa '04, Vanessa Solivan '03, Katrina Hester '03, Kerri 
McCormack '06, Diep Quach '06 and Maritza Colon '06 have registered 
with the dry of Newton as Ninos de Veracruz, Mexico. They have estab- 
lished an Employer Identification Number with the Internal Revenue 
Service, and, with the help of Professor Stephanie Athey, their advisor, and 
the advice of Professor Michael Nee, in the Department of Business, they are 
in the process of filing with the federal government for 501(c)(3) tax exempt 
status as a charitable fund. 

In addition to planning events, the organization is setting up an advisory 
board of those with experience in business and non-profit management. If 
you or someone you know would be willing to serve in this capacity, please 
contact the President of Ninos de Veracruz, Mexico, Zamanta Monterrosa, at 
either (617) 796-4127 or (515) 532-2579; you may also contact the group advi- 
sor, Professor Stephanie Athey at (617) 243-2312. *•< 


"Ninos" members from left to right: Vanessa Solivan '03, Lesley Bautista '06, Jeffry Peguero '06, 
Katrina Hester '03, Zamanta Monterrosa '04 and Sandra Orellana '06. Not pictured: Maritza 
Colon '06, Kerri McCormack '06 and Diep Quach '06. 


The TJX Corporation/TJX Foundation 
recently awarded Lasell College a second 
grant of $5000 for the Lasell Institute of 
Fashion Technology Scholarship Fund. 

The LIFT Scholarship was established in 
2001 on behalf of the TJX Corporation and 
the TJX Foundation. The scholarship is 
awarded annually to eligible students 
enrolled in the fashion program. 

Lasell Students Get Political 



the Honors Leadership (303 A) class sponsored the showing of 

the final televised Massachusetts Governor's debate between 

Republican contender, and now Governor Mitt Romney, and his 

Democratic rival, Shannon O'Brien. 

A lively discussion followed the debate with participants noting the topics 
generated by the images and issues of the event. These topics were: human 
rights, gun control, and the death penalty. The participants were students 
from the Honors Program and other College domains, along with President 
Thomas de Witt, Dean Steven Bloom, and Professor lohn Carroll. **■ 


Alternative Service-Learning Break 


Mexioo Partnerships @/L asell 



two faculty members, and the Assistant Director for Admission set out for 
Veracruz, Mexico to participate in the first international service-learning ven- 
ture for Lasell students. From lanuary 7-20, the group lived in Mexican 
homes and worked together with farm workers, educators, small business 
owners, children, and the elderly on a variety of community service projects. 
In 13 days, the group visited two sites in the state of Veracruz, spending 
approximately one week in each. The first base was Coatepec, a quaint, 
colonial city surrounded by rain forest. The second site was Nogales, a four- 
hour bus ride to the southwest. In each of these settings, the day began 
early with community service. By mid-afternoon they began cultural activi- 
ties, that lasted well into the evening. 

Together they saw the impact of poverty on individuals and the toll of 
poverty on the fabric of social services that sustain communities — basic 
education, basic health care, sanitation, and nutrition — everywhere the 
connections were apparent or clearly indicated by their hosts. What is more 
remarkable, and a tribute not only to the experience but to the caliber of 
students who participated, the students began planning for action during 
the very first week of their trip. They examined their own values, took 
stock of their own abilities, drew strength from each other's conviction, and 
committed themselves to leadership on their return. 

In Coatepec, the students had the opportunity to participate in both cof- 
fee and sugar cane harvests. They picked the bright red coffee beans, visited 
the owners' homes, and saw how coffee is processed from start to finish. 

Nogales is a small town, nestled in mountains. There the Lasell students 
were introduced to some children with special needs, including Down's 
syndrome and other developmental disabilities. They learned that the chil- 
dren's parents are trying to build a school that will serve their children's 
needs and were told of the many cultural, governmental, and financial 
obstacles these parents face. This inspired the group to try and help estab- 
lish a School for Children with Disabilities in Nogales through fundraising 
efforts at home (see accompanying story). 

The student's travel was generously supported by an anonymous gift, by 
a Student Government Association mini-grant, and by the student's own 
fundraising at Halloween. The impressions and experiences that the trip 
gave to all who participated are priceless. »■ 

Sandra Orellana '06 gets a big hug. Zamanta Monterrosa '04 busily picking coffee beans. 



SPRING 2003 

Civic Engagement Forum 
Highlights Service-Learning 

Villagers at February's civic engagement forum titled Raise Your Voice. The event was part 
of a statewide "Week of Action" as declared in a state proclamation. The forum celebrated 
and promoted Lasell students' community involvement through service and service-learn- 
ing activities, with funding for the event from Pew Charitable Trust, with support from the 
Massachusetts Campus Compact. 

"Our access to education makes us privileged," 
said President de Witt, who hosted the event, 
"and it is our responsibility to give back. Lasell 
has long been committed to service-learning and 
more than half our faculty have incorporated the 
concept into their programs. We have found that 
by reaching out to others we learn something 
about ourselves." 

Director of the Center for Community-Based 
Learning Sharyn Lowenstein introduced members 
of a panel who represented three of the programs 
with which students are currently involved: The 
Second Step, America Reads at the Mason Rice 
Elementary School, and the Children's AIDS 
Program (CAP). 

Professors Diane Donatio and Linda Bucci 
explained how they had incorporated The Second 
Step into their classes. 

"Last fall I had students in my English 102 
class read fictional pieces involving the dysfunc- 
tional relationships of people. These profiles par- 
alleled The Second Step experiences and the 
people in them became real to the students. 
It opened their eyes to the terrible effects that 
domestic abuse has," said Professor Donatio. 

Students from Professor Bucci's Criminal Law 
class are working this semester with The Second 
Step to produce a conference for battered women 
concerning various legal issues. In her Domestic 
Violence class, students have gone to the Family 
Nurturing Program and served dinner as well as 
making a trip to the facility to sort out donations. 

"My Domestic Violence class also sponsored a 
fundraising event at Lasell Village where a sur- 
vivor spoke. Our involvement with The Second 
Step has fanned out and touched many members 
of the Lasell community," said Professor Bucci. 

When the students participating in the America 
Reads program spoke about their experiences at 
the Mason Rice Elementary School, it quickly 
became apparent how much it means to them. 
"I have learned about myself and found out how 
much giving back to the community means to 
me. Because of my involvement, I have decided 
to change my major to Human Services," said 
Lee Ann Tkacz '05. 

Students take their commitment seriously, and 
come to understand the impact their work has. "I 
have worked my classes around my America 
Reads schedule," said Alexis Polanco '05. "If you 


President de Witt asks questions at one of the information 

can't get to the school, the students are so disap- 
pointed! They'll say to me, 'Where were you? 
You didn't call."' 

This is the first year that Lasell has had a resi- 
dence hall — Case House — devoted to students 
interested in service learning. "Community service 
is a passion for us," explained Kim Orellana '04. 

At the end of the Raise Your Voice program, 
Director Lowenstein asked everyone to visit the 
10 agencies that were represented at tables 
throughout de Witt Hall. These included Newton 
Food Pantry, Walk for Hunger, Newton Girl 
Scouts, Wellness Community, Springwell, 
AmeriCorps, Newton Parks and Recreation 
Department-Therapeutic Programs, Barry Boys' 
and Girls' Club, Newton Office of Volunteer Ser- 
vices, and Green Decade. 

'Please take the time to get involved and tell 
your friends to get involved as well,' said Director 
Lowenstein. Judging by the crowd that stood at 
the bank of information tables, involvement at 
Lasell is a happening thing." **■ 

Legal Studies Students Hold Mock Trial 

Ballroom on December 6th, as the third annual mock trial was brought to order. Professor 
Linda Bucci's Introduction to Legal Studies students had spent the last weeks of the fall 
semester preparing for this domestic violence trial. Opening statements, exhibits, and ques- 
tions for the witnesses were all in order and the jury, made up of Village residents, was 
ready to hear and deliberate the case. Professor Bucci served as judge. 

"The majority of the students taking Introduc- because I have two daughters who are lawyers," 

explains Vernice Kelley. "I'm familiar with and 
very interested in the field and I took one of Pro- 
fessor Bucci's classes last year and was extremely 

"The students all knew their parts and were 
very well prepared. They spoke up and made eye 
contact with the jury. In the end we were unable 
to reach a decision. No one emerged as a leader 
in our group to sway us in one direction or the 
other. Two jurors were adamant that it was pre- 
meditated murder and two were convinced that 
the woman should be acquitted. One juror 
changed her mind three times. It was very inter- 
esting and I'd certainly do it again." 

"I was very pleased with how the trial went," 
says Professor Bucci. "The students were able to 

tion to Legal Studies are freshmen," Professor 
Bucci explains, "and the course is designed to 
give them an overview of the legal system. The 
mock trial pulls together everything they have 
learned and is the culmination of the semester. 
For the actual trial, each student has one assign- 
ment and they work in teams for either the pros- 
ecution or the defense. All the students love it 
and it is great fun." 

Yecenia Nowak '05 is a Legal Studies major 
and was the prosecutor for the trial. "There were 
10 of us on the prosecution side and for a week- 
and-a-half we went through various ideas, 
preparing to meet the defense's case. 

The jury was made up of Villagers who had 
signed up to participate. "I put my name down 

Ashley Nunez '06 is sworn in. 

see the impact of their case strategies and the 
closings were stupendous. If s always interesting 
to see what facts or arguments the jury reacts to 
and Lasell is unique in being able to have the 
intergenerational play between the Villagers and 
the students. 

"I taped the entire trial and used it for a 
'Reflections on Teaching Workshop' for members 
of the faculty. The skills developed for the mock 
trial, such as preparation, teamwork, and oratory 
certainly carry over into other disciplines and ifs 
a wonderful example of students getting the ben- 
efit of connected learning." **• 

SPRING 2003 


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Student Internships Often Lead to 
Unexpected Experiences 

head to a variety of internship sites. An essential ingredient of the College's connected learn- 
ing philosophy, all degree programs require a senior capstone internship and for some majors, 
students must work at sites throughout their four years. The twists and turns in the interns' 
experiences are often unexpected and the doors that are opened make a lasting impression. 

The words "Yellow Brick Road" don't bring up 
images of the Land of Oz for Criminal Justice 
major Lori Mabie '03. Instead, if s an FBI code 
name that Lori associates with ropes, high walls 
and barbed wire. The three-and-a-half mile "road" 
she traveled was the obstacle course in Quantico, 
VA. "I felt like Jody Foster in Silence of the 
Lambs," Lori exclaims, "and I can tell you that the 
training FBI agents undergo is rough!" 

Lori, Beth Lyons '03, and Antonia Mariani '03 
traveled to the FBI Academy because they did 
their senior internship with State Trooper Paul 
Zipper, a member of the Massachusetts Fire Mar- 
shal's Office. When Trooper Zipper was asked to 
teach an arson investigation course at Quantico 
that would be attended by FBI agents from across 
the United States, he asked the three students if 
they wanted to accompany him. 

"We piled into his car and drove 11 hours down 
to Virginia," recalls Antonia. "We learned a lot just 
by talking to people and the Quantico facility itself 
is incredible. It was a trip none of us will forget." 

"We were very lucky to have been able to 
work with Trooper Zipper, who set us up at such 
a variety of sites," says Beth. "We received a 
great overview because he put us in touch with 
so many people. He says if there's anything else 
we want to see in the future, we should just ask." 

EHrring the fall, they worked at the Lawrence, 
MA District Court in the Probation Department, 
observed juvenile proceedings at the Lynn Court- 
house, toured the fire-fighting facilities in Stow, 
and helped at the Framingham District Attorney's 
office with the Community-Based Justice Program. 

From November 11-13, the three assisted at the 
Massachusetts Coalition for Juvenile Firesetters 
Intervention Program Annual Conference in 
Framingham, MA. There, they were able to net- 
work with criminal justice and mental health pro- 
fessionals from all over the world. They hosted 
criminal justice breakout sessions, participated in 
a mock trial, and worked behind the scenes with 
the conference committee. 

When asked if there was anything left on their 
wish list, their heads nodded in unison. "Oh, yes!" 
they exclaimed. "We want to observe an autopsy 
and we'd like to try our hand at a firing range." 


Newton North High School's athletic training 
room is filled with students who have ice packs 
on their knees and ankles while others stand, 
waiting to be evaluated. In the midst of the hub- 
bub, two Lasell Athletic Training majors, Mark 
Henry '04 and Stephanie Birch '04, are working 
quickly and efficiently. 

"There are more than 1,300 athletes at the high 

school, and we see from 75 to 100 a day," says 
Mark, as he reaches for another roll of tape. "If a 
student has a game, he or she gets priority. We 
have to evaluate whether or not they can play, 
and then treat the injury." 

Athletic Training students have their first 
internship experience the second semester of their 
freshman year. They move from understanding 
the concepts of the job to working hands-on with 
athletes their sophomore year. "By junior year 
we've learned how to make an orthopedic evalu- 
ation, we know about strength and conditioning, 
and predispositions to injury. We're also trained 
in emergency care and what is life threatening 
and what is not," explains Mark. 

This preparation held Mark in good stead at a 
Newton North Tigers' football game this Septem- 
ber. "It was a beautiful day and we were in the 
third quarter, when suddenly the referee put the 
ball down and keeled over," he remembers. "I 
ran out to the unconscious official with the school 
athletic trainer, Bill McAndrews, and we found 
that he had a weak pulse and was having diffi- 
culty breathing. We immediately called for an 

"For some reason it was the first time that Bill 
had brought an automatic external defibrillator 
(AED) to a game, and when we lost the referee's 
pulse he quickly asked me to go get it. After 
administering a shock we were able to read a 
weak pulse and about 30 seconds after that the 
ambulance arrived and we gave him over to 
the EMTs. 

"Although I'd never had to perform emergency 

Mark Henry '04 is constantly busy in Newton North High 
School's athletic training room. 

functions before, I felt competent because of my 
Lasell training. I found myself zoned in on the 
situation and able to block out all my emotions. 
It was so lucky that we had brought the AED 

Lori Mabie '03, Antonia Mariani '03, and Beth Lyons '03 
prepare to head off to their Criminal Justice internship. 

with us. Apparently it was the first time a defib- 
rillator has been used anywhere in the country to 
save a life at a high school football game. I got 
more experience than I had counted on." 

A smiling child enjoys the playground equipment that 
Tan ia Cirino '03 helped construct. 

As Tarda Cirino '03, a Human Services major, 
has learned from her internship at The Second 
Step, a transitional women's shelter for survivors 
of domestic violence located in Newton, there is 
more than one way to restore life. "At the 
moment there are eight families living in The 
Second Step house, and these women and their 
children come from all over New England," she 
explains, "but a second facility is about to open 
so we will soon be able to accommodate 
more families." 

Tarda was involved in a number of projects 
this fall but didn't realize that construction exper- 
tise was something that might be required. "The 
Second Step runs an after-school program for the 
children of the residents but there was never an 
outside playground for them. Then, this fall, 
Salomon Smith Barney gave us the equipment 
that would make the dreams of the children come 
true, but it needed to be put together and 
installed," she recalls, "so it was time to join 
other volunteers and put on our carpenter's belts. 

"We started early in the morning and didn't 
finish until eight p.m. As we were working we 
could see all the children's faces pressed up 
against the windows, watching us excitedly. I 
could hear them asking, 'Can we play now, can 
we play now?' It was a very emotional day. The 

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The Meredith, NH Historical Society presented Priscilla 
Wolfe Scarth with the "Boston Post Cane" which is award- 
ed to the oldest voter in the town. 


Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth Selkirk Chipps 

whose husband passed away. Elizabeth is now living in a 
retirement home. She plays cards and reads books in large 
print. "I'm old but don't accept it. I would like to see more 
news from the Class of '27." 


"I was 93 years old on June 27. 1 live alone in my condo, 
have many great friends and three wonderful children 
close by," writes Marjorie Parrish Green. 



Our sincere condolences to Mary Hunter Holland on 

the death of her husband. She says, "I now live alone in the 
peaceful little village of East Corinth (VT)." 


"I have finally just retired from my store after 40 years," 
writes Alice Floyd Rice. "Much publicity about it on Cape 
Ann because we were established in 1865." 

Midge Jones Joslyn has "a nice apartment in a retire- 
ment community." She keeps busy with many activities 
including playing bridge. "I still drive my car to visit my 
three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grands." 

"I never see or hear from any classmates," writes Carol 
Morehouse Jones. Carol has three great-grandsons. 


Dorothy Friend Sacrey is still active at her church. 

Katharine Peck Dietler spent the summer in the 
mountains, went to San Francisco to visit her daughter and 
family, and her son got married in June. She says, "I miss 
having Puffy to talk to." 

"The various committees at my retirement home in 
Concord, NH, keep me busy," writes Priscilla Winslow. 
"I am secretary of the resident's association and enjoy it." 


"Slowing down but still enjoying life and praying for 
peace," says Dorothy Paine Chaucer. Dorothy and her 
husband celebrated their 59th anniversary with a trip to 
Vermont with their boys. 


"I am fortunate to be able to pursue varied activities 
where I live," writes Anne Campbell Terrill. "My good 
friend took me along to Florida in November for a month." 

Constance Griffin Lehoux enjoyed two days at Lasell 
last May for her 65th reunion and "enjoyed being in a new 
dorm near old Bragdon." 

Janet Owens DeArment writes, "Feeling better now. 
Second childhood. We don't seem to have any Lasell alums 
in the (Meadville, PA) area, or we just don't contact each 
other. Too bad." 

"No big news except a breathtaking Adirondack vaca- 
tion in bright foliage season," writes Billie Williamson 


Our sincere condolences to Harriet Newcomb 

Classmates Augusta Williamson '37 and Marjorie 
Westgate Doran '37 aboard the Spirit of Boston. 

Stoughton whose husband died in October 2001. Harriet 
lives in a retirement home in North Carolina. She says, "I 
am doing well and conduct the bridge group." 

From Lakewood, NJ, Marty Romaine Jones writes, 
"We go to Atlantic City frequently to win our fortune and 
keep Donald Trump happy." Marty has two great-grand- 

"I don't think I will be up for reunion but hope you all 
have a wonderful time," writes Virginia Wilhelm 


"My husband is retired so we are free to roam," says 
Margaret Christiansen Marbach. We have seven great- 

Jean Michael Petersen, who recently moved to Lasell 
Village, named the alums who also live there: Barbara 
Rose Wood, Marge Westgate Doran '37, Harriet Pemstein 
'50, Antoinette Ruinen Stapper '56 and Ann Mignosa '87. 
Jean writes, "It was fun to share memories with Louisa 
Clark Harrington." 

Mary Jean Schultz 
Waddell remembers her 
two years at Lasell as a 
"wonderful, carefree 
period of my life. I'm 
sorry students today are 
much more pressed or 



"Still doing genealo- 
gy, gardening and 
enough exercise to keep 
me moving, but at a 
slower pace," writes 
Carolyn McCarty 
Springer. Carolyn had 
two new grandchildren 
this past year. 

Our sincere condo- 
lences to Dorothy 
Sherwood Gavin whose 
52-year-old son died in 
October. Dorothy writes, 
"I enjoyed reunion 2000 
and still enjoy Florida in 
March and April. I am 

blessed with being able to swim and walk well." 

Patricia Taylor Henderson and her husband celebrated 

their 60th wedding anniversary and their granddaughter 

got married. 

"Still involved with the convalescent home, Red Cross 

and church," writes Helen Woodward Fassett. Helen has a 

great-granddaughter in Florida. 


Mary Elizabeth Allen Ryan writes, "We took our 
daughter to Germany in September 2002." 

"This year I am moving to Hawaii to be near my son, 
grandsons and Jay Jahn Warren, my Clark roommate," 
writes Jean Cooney Leitch. "I am really looking forward to it." 

Over the years Marian Fitts Sternkopf has traveled a 
lot. Her most recent trip was a safari in Kenya and 

Our sincere condolences to Lucille Hooker Paterson 
whose husband died in January 2002. 

Marjorie Morss Smith is retired and living in Florida. 


Barbara Collester Moore writes, "I sold my airplane 
and really missed seeing everyone at reunion." 

"Our 60th reunion was great," writes Jessie Dobson 
Salmon. Jessie participated in her local high school's col- 
lege night as a representative for Lasell. 

According to Bea Lewis Potter, Barbara McDowell 
Lee, is "making amazing progress from her stroke." 

Ruth Mosher Porter enjoyed a visit with Louise 
Freeman Coombs in Richmond, VA. 

Betty Polhemus Davies enjoys boating, gardening and 
horse activities. She says, "Children and grandchildren live 
nearby. It's great fun keeping up with them." 

Marjorie Ray Blackett writes, "We are both well and 
active. We took a cruise from Toronto to Chicago." 

"Sorry I missed our 60" 1 reunion. Hope I can make it 
for our 65 tn - Wow!" writes Elaine Robins Albert. Elaine is 
enjoying retirement in Florida. 


"My twin sister and I reached 80 last April," writes 
Frances Church Deering. Frances is active in church 

There are six Lasell alumnae who now live at the Village. Back row left to right: Harriet 
Pemstein '50, Antoinette Ruinen Stapper '56, Barbara Rose Wood '39; front row Ann 
Mignosa '87 and Jean Michael Petersen '39. Missing Marjorie Westgate Doran '37. 


Class Notes 


activities and walks two miles a day. She has two grand- 

We were so sorry to hear that Ann Preuss Gillerlain's 
husband passed away. 

Our sincere condolences to Christine Turnbull Buehler 
whose daughter, Sandra, died of breast cancer at the age of 
52. Christine says, "This has been devastating for me. 
Sandra was beautiful from the inside out and always a joy 
to be around." 


Ruth Blaisdell Simmons writes, "Last summer I visited 
with my roommate, June Carew Mange. I often see Marge 
Wing Berry." 

"My town (Camp Hill, PA) of 14,000 people has been 
chosen as the most beautiful spot in America," writes 
Penny Smith Williams. 

Natalie Vogel Lawton is a recipient of the 2002 
Jefferson Award, founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy 
Onassis and the late Sen. Robert Taft. Out of 350 nominees, 
Natalie won for "Greatest Public Service Benefiting a Local 
Community," because of her work running the tiny church 
basement "closet" in Westerly, CT, that brings life supplies 
(soap, diapers, toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, etc.) to the 
needy. "I couldn't feel more honored," Natalie said with 
regard to receiving the award. Natalie has been running 
the "closet" since its inception in 1990. 


Our sincere condolences to Nancy Bacon Johnson on 
the death of her oldest son who passed away after a 
lengthy illness. Nancy moved to a condo in New London, 
NH, and spends the winter in Tarpon Springs, FL. 

"My days at Lasell are a treasure," writes Marjorie 
Olson Bjork. 

Isabel Pollard Oleson spends summers in Maine with 
family and enjoys retirement living in Florida in the winter. 

Henrietta Sharpe Smith says, "All goes well here in 

"The big news is my new address. We sold our home in 
Rochester, NH, and moved to a lovely retirement village in 
Concord. It's a big adjustment but the right decision for 
us," writes Drucilla Roberts Bickford. 


Edna Lyons Cray '43 and Dorothy Holman Rich '45 
at the widowed lifeline Christmas party south of 
Boston, where both are members. 


Rosemary Chase Duryea enjoyed a trip to Ireland in 

One of Lucy Clark Winanf s paintings was exhibited at 
the International Watercolor Show in Houston, TX, in a 
show entitled, "The Challenge of Champions - Water 
Media 2003." 

Carolyn Coleman Peyrot enjoys yoga, church work 
and bird watching. 

"Still working and loving it," writes Mildred Day 
Clements. "Hope my fellow classmates are well and hap- 


Mary Jane Magnusson Megroz lists the graduations 
she attended: college, high school, junior high, elementary 
school, nursery school. "Great to be grandies and able to do 

Nancy Peterson Strain moved from New York City to 
Athens, TX, "where the livin' is easy." 

Our sincere condolences to Bunny Quinn McKenna on 
the death of her 48-year-old daughter, Roberta. 

Jean Watson Wetrich has three great-grandchildren. 

Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth Weltner Canine 
whose husband died in March 2002 after a battle with lung 

Constance Wilbur Starr and her new husband took a 

3-week car trip out west that included a stop in southern 
California to see her 10th grandchild. She says, "Life is 


Clare Dickover Hallock announces, "We are great- 
grandparents of a boy." 

From California, Alice Donovan Slavich writes, 
"Visited New England and experienced fall colors, rain and 
cold weather. All different and enjoyable." Alice visited 
former roomie, Fran Lake Gray, in Orleans, MA and had a 
great time catching up. 

Jeanne Franklin Bates enjoys good health and life with 
her husband. She spends six months in Naples, FL, and 
summers in Dennis on Cape Cod. Jeanne says, "I would 
love to hear from any of my classmates." 

"All is the same interspersed with special anniversary 
and birthday celebrations. Aren't we lucky," says Phyllis 
Haviland Hildebrandt. 

"We are now three times great-grandparents. Wow! 
Time flies," writes Linda Koempel Tompkins. 

Joanne McMillan Mars moved to a condo atop a small 
mountain in Roanoke, VA. She says, "We find life is easier 
now that we don't have to drive 45 minutes to reach stores, 
doctors, etc." 

"I am always pleased to receive mail about Lasell," 
writes Jean Morgan Koenitzer. Jean keeps busy with 
church activities, the D.A.R. registrar and keeps up with 
Barbara Weeks Dow '46. 

Says Lois Seidel Newell, "I am enjoying retirement in 
the sunny south with children and grandchildren." 

Barbara Stickle Mode says, "I've been active at Lasell 
on the alumni board (past president) and as a corporator. I 
own my own interior design business for the past 20 years 
and have had the pleasure of practicing my trade in vari- 
ous areas of the campus. Barbara is in contact with Mary 
Jane Carl Turner, Ginnie Smith Smith and Anne Alger 
Ehrlich. She would love to hear from others from the Class 
of '47. 

Jane Upton Patten is retired and travels several times a 
year. She and her husband spend summers with their chil- 
dren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their camp 
on the lake. She says, "I'm still on oxygen 24 hours a day, 
but manage to enjoy life." 

"Life is good," says Beverly Yeates McCormick. "Days 
are filled with volunteer work - tutoring at jail boot camp, 
serving at a soup kitchen, coordinating the church caring 
ministry. And I'm fortunate to have two daughters and five 
grandkids living close." 


Our sincere condolences to Christena Bilakos 
Farmasonis whose 38-year-old son, Peter, died. On a posi- 
tive note, Christena completed her Ph.D. at University of 
California at La Jolla. 

"My new apartment will be ready soon. Can't wait for 
the move," writes Bubbles Davenport Weidmann. 

"We downsized our housing," writes Charlotte Guptill 
Norcross. She and her husband took a cruise of the Panama 
Canal after a visit with daughter and family in San Diego. 

Ruth Hilton has moved to a nursing home and would 
love to hear from classmates. 

Judy Tracy Shanahan hopes to see many 48'ers at their 
55th in May. She spends her retirement "in the best of two 
worlds" — New Hampshire (spring to fall) and Florida 
(winter). She feels fortunate to have three of her four chil- 
dren and their families within driving distance. During the 
year she enjoys seeing B.J. Culver Thomson, Alice 
Johnson Thornton and Shirley Sturm Bullard 


Corinne Capone McGuiggan hoped to see Libby 
Harrington Logan and Joe Sanborn Hickey in Florida in 


Our sincere condolences to Ann Fletcher Simonds on 
the death of her mother. Ann visited her two daughters in 
California. She has five grandchildren. 

Thumper Grant Walter says, "Healthy in Atlanta. Call 
or write if you are coming this way." Thumper sees Jean 
Dickson Treveiler several times a year. 

"We're now retired in a lovely condo on the Cape, only 
10 minutes from our family cottage," writes Natalie Hall 

"My granddaughter, Allison Logan '05, is currently a 
Lasell student. We compare notes on what was then and 
what is now," writes Elizabeth Harrington Logan. 

Martha Hurd Davenport writes, "We celebrated our 
50th anniversary twice and joined Nancy Curtis Grellier 
for her 50th celebration on October 12th. 

"Still a full-time manager of a Hallmark store and love 
it," says Natalie Knight Rogers. "Try to travel every year 
with my sister. Last year to Alaska." 

Barbara Milne Lynch writes, "I've finally retired! 
Anyone living in the Hobe Sound, FL area, I would love to 
hear from you." 

Judy Parker Haas writes, "Still just three great-grands." 

"Life is good. Every day is a treasure, blessed with lov- 
ing family and friends, both old and new," writes Joan 

Wolfe Wickham. Joan and her husband visit with Gene 
Starrett Anderson and her husband at least three times a 
year in Florida and Massachusetts. Joan is planning to 
retire in October 2003. She has six grandchildren. 

"I survived a hard summer," writes Jacquelyn Word 
S tailings. "A hip replacement, eight Christian retreats and 
three weddings." 

Sisters-in-law Shirley Greenhalgh Fadley '49 and 
Helen Mayoh Greenhalgh '49 attended their 55th 
high school reunion in Rhode Island. 



It is not the best of times for Barbara Baldwin Mudgett. 
Her husband's stroke resulted in his move to a nursing 
home. Barbara says, "I spend my days with him. He would 
do the same for me." 

Nancy Bean Lord is "trying to age gracefully." Her 
grandchildren are scattered as far as the state of 

Jean Davies Stanley and her husband returned from a 
steamboat trip up the Mississippi River, from St. Louis to 
St. Paul, MN, where they met their son. 

Our sincere condolences to Mary Louise Dunham 
Weyand who husband died 11 days before their 50th 
anniversary. On Mary Louise's first elder hostel trip to 
Savannah, she "met a lovely lady who turned out to be 
Eeva Laitinen Stromski '49. What a nice surprise." 

Marion Ettinger Steinmetz boasts of three grandchil- 

Diana Ewing Bowser is golfing on good-weather days 
and keeping five looms busy doing hand-weaving on the 
other days. 

Dot Goehring Rourke has been a braillist for almost 40 
years, transcribing math and science textbooks for blind 
children. She raised five children. 

"We're enjoying the good life in West Falmouth (Cape 
Cod)," says Pat Graham Gordon. Pat enjoyed a visit with 
Clare Gammons McMullan and keeps in touch with Pat 
Sickley Hulce and Janet Foley. 

Our sincere condolences to Jeanne Hackett Desmond 
whose husband died in October 2001. From her home in 
Old Saybrook, CT, Jeanne was host to Clara Silsby 
Lamperti and Joan Koch Ryan at a "ya ya sisterhood" lun- 
cheon this past fall. Jeanne says, "We get together quite 
often, usually at Clara's summer place in Pennsylvania. I 
am blessed with good friends." 

"Still enjoying retirement on the Maine coast and taking 
two major travel adventures each year," writes Patricia 
Hyde Billett. "Frequent visits with Nancy Bean Lord are a 
real pleasure." 

Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson wishes "all kinds of 
good happenings for Lasell and my classmates." Elizabeth 
keeps busy with family, friends, church and visits to Cape 

Anne Mastin Egner writes, "I am happy to once again 
be living in New England." 

Our sincere condolences to Betty Machines Deal 

Class Notes 


whose husband died in December 2002 and was buried 
with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Mami Nahigian Sarkisian's husband suffered a heart 
attack but is doing fine. Through her timeshare she vaca- 
tioned in Florida and the Caribbean. Marni is co-chair of an 
international food group, where they dine on exotic meals 
in members' homes. 

Elaine Orth Rodey says, "Enjoying life to the fullest. 
Playing lots of golf and loving Arizona and the beautiful 
warm weather." 

"Still living a happy life in Florida with my husband 
and near our daughter," writes Jean Ostrander Lowman. 

Jackie Paulding Hauser did a floral design interpreta- 
tion for the Worcester (MA) Art Museum "Flora in Winter" 
exhibit. She also exhibited a floral design entitled "Escape 
to Tahiti" for the 2003 New England spring flower show. 
She is past-president of the Sudbury Garden Club. 

Bobbie Rock Wallingford is retired. She says, "I am 
enjoying the Benicia Yacht Club and am still into decorat- 

"We still have many ties to Rhode Island but enjoy the 
lifestyle in Florida," writes Lois Schaller Toegemann. "No 
complaints about health, but I miss friends who are not 

Jet Temperley Jennings says, "I enjoy my work with 
elders. Life is great with seven grandchildren. Love the 
Leaves and news of classmates." 

"We are going into our 14th year of retirement here on 
the Cape," writes Carmen Welch Clark. Carmen sees 
Naomi Cox Santoro and SaUy Hughes Fasick, when she 
visits in the summer. 

"Busy chauffering grandchildren who are not yet in 
college. All is well," writes Barbara Welles Miller. 

Nancy Wilson moved into a retirement community in 
New Jersey in 1999. She says, "Carolyn Snook Rauscher 
bought a co-op behind me and three doors over. However, 
we seem to pass by like ships in the night and don't have a 
chance to communicate." 


Kathleen Ballard Heck writes, "We were married 50 
years in February. We've had some very high-highs and 
some low-lows." 

"Still can't believe we have passed our 50th reunion. It 
was a lot of fun seeing friends. Could not believe all the 
changes on campus," says Elizabeth Baumbach Hyne. 
Elizabeth enjoys traveling by motor home, tours with 
friends and cruises. 

"We travel to Florence, Italy, three times a year, for a 
month's stay each trip," writes Maria Fantacci Severino. 
Maria has two grandchildren who live nearby. 

Our sincere condolences to Libbie Fleet Glazer on the 
death of her husband, Melvin. 

Retired and living in a condo in Southport, CT, Priscilla 
Freeman McCartney has four children and nine grandchil- 

When Joan Kearney Cormay gets down to Florida she 
hopes to visit with Nancy Mitchell Quinn. Joan still volun- 
teers with the women's community league. "If s lots of fun. 
My best to all." 

Charlotte Kelley Campbell's cruise to Scandinavia 
included a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. 

"My heart is sad," writes Marie Kohaut Dougherty. "I 
miss my dear friend and roommate, Janet Woodward 
Powers. God bless Woodie." Marie's travels included Las 
Vegas and Paris and a visit to see daughter and grandchil- 
dren in Chicago. 

"We travel as much as possible," says Beverly Pink 
Reynolds. In 2002 we went to Texas, Virginia, Long Island 
and New Hampshire in our camper van." In 2003 we will 
see Europe. Pray for peace." 

Our sincere condolences to Patricia Preble Robison 
whose second husband, Donald, died in 2001. Patricia says, 
"I now live alone with my cat, Macduff." Patricia raised 
three children and is "a grandmother x 5." 

Elaine Quavillon Tull and her husband celebrated 
their 50 m anniversary with a cruise to the Caribbean and a 
visit with family in San Antonio. "Time does fly when you 
are having fun and that means living in Arizona." 

Peggy Riker Miller is still showing her shelties. Her 
grandchildren are involved in ice hockey. "We are their 
biggest fans." 

"I enjoy living on a lake and visiting children and 
grandchildren," says Virginia Starck Redmond. 

Jeanine Wortman Post writes about her visit with Etta 
Burns Peters. "We spent a few days in the Rockies, viewed 
the elk, and talked, talked, talked. Great fun." 


"Reunion was great and so well done. The campus is 
beautiful. Lasell has made great academic strides. 
Congratulations," writes Jean Aslaksen Podimsky. Jean 
enjoys retirement, family and friends and her garden. 

"I have retired as the vice-president and chief operating 
officer for the Bonwit Teller Stores Corporation and now 
have time on my hands for fun," says Roberta Benvenuti. 

Betsy Brown Cramer celebrated her 50th wedding 

anniversary at a club in Vermont. "Our three children and 
spouses and two granddaughters were with us. A great 
time for all." 

"It was so good to see so many old friends at our 50th," 
says Chloe Comstock Singarella, "especially Mary Grill 
Turton who I hadn't seen in 50 years, roomie Carolyn 
Powers Fontaine, and Shirley Warriner Randall. I hope 
we can do better about keeping in touch with each other." 

Living in London since 1956, Joanne Getz Silverstein 
works as a life coach and NLP trainer. Joanne's husband is 
deceased. She has two children and four grandchildren. 

Bonnie Gill Smith writes, "Hi to all my classmates. 
Enjoying our eight grandchildren. We are in the car with 
chairs and water bottles all the time." 

"I guess the Class of '52 has drifted far and wide. To 
my far-off friends, I would love to hear from you," says 
Nancy Gotier Fein. Nancy hails from southern California. 
She raised four kids and has four grandchildren. 

Sarah Grahame Cairns is a volunteer driver for senior 
citizens. She raised four children and has two grandchil- 

"I had a wonderful time at the 50th reunion," says 
Mary Grill Turton. "It meant so much renewing friend- 
ships and catching up. What a wonderful memory." 

"Sorry I wasn't with you for the 50th reunion. My best 
to all," says Janet Meserve Rattray. 

Carol Michiels Dunlap has been a real estate broker for 
over 26 years. "I had my own business for 10 years but 
decided to ease up so I'm now associated with another 
office." Carol has two children, five grandchildren and one 

"I loved being with my classmates at our 50th reunion. 
What fun it was," writes Bobbie Trout Krohn. 

Barbara Wenzel Boucher says, "Loved being at our 
50th. Any classmates in Maine (summer) or Venice, FL 

"I have such happy memories of our 50th reunion last 
spring. It was great to see so many classmates return," says 
Mary Lou Woodward Robinson. 


Janet Chase Ash wrote that she attended her 50th high 
school reunion and saw several Lasell classmates. In the 
last Leaves, omitted was Carol Bridgetts Cadmus who 
looked "smashing." 

Dot Day Bardarson still owns an art and fine crafts 
gallery in the harbor in Seward, Alaska. She says, "When 
you arrive by cruise ship, be sure to stop by and say hello." 
Dot is married 47 years, has six grands and three greats. 

From Morongo Valley, CA (near Palm Springs), Jody 
Humphrey Bryant writes, "Health conditions prevent my 
attendance at the 50th reunion. Sorry." Jody has three 

Marilyn Lyons Vanden-Handel says, "We spent three 
wonderful weeks in Italy this fall. Especially enjoyed the 
lake country and Florence." 

Myma Pasternak Kahan has four grandchildren. She 
writes, "I babysit two times a week and love it." 

Janet Pearson Hauck and her sister-in-law, Maureen 
Fagan Hollf elder, are looking forward to their 50th 
reunion. Janet had this to say about her move to a new 
house in Sugar Land, TX. "What an overwhelming task." 

"I am really excited about our May reunion," says Bev 
Thornton Hallowell. Bev and Janet Rummel Hayes enjoy 
working together as volunteers at the Metrowest Medical 
Center (MA). 

"Looking forward to our 50th reunion," writes Jean 
Weeks Hartna. 


"Still doing the book work for our family flower busi- 
ness," writes Corinne Coyle Lydem. Corinne enjoyed a 
visit with Joan Pickett Morrow who came east for her 50 m 
high school reunion. 

Marilyn Dawson Tuf ano is semi-retired, has three sons 
and is the "grandmom of 11." 

"It was a fabulous year," says Hope Duguid 
Dauwalter. "Ten days in Germany, Austria, Switzerland 
and Italy with our family and six weeks in Europe." 

Thelma Greenberg Florin and her husband took their 
son and daughter and spouses along with five grandchil- 
dren to Bermuda to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. 

Faith Harvey Fisler enjoys retirement. "Five grandchil- 
dren and volunteer work keep me busy." 

From Harwich Port, MA (on Cape Cod), Priscilla Head 
Davis writes, "Enjoy retirement and can hardly believe we 
have been here for 10 years. We keep busy doing lots of 
volunteering." Priscilla asks, "I would love to be in touch 
with my roommate from the Barn our senior year. Does 
anyone know where she is?" 

"We continue to be constantly busy. Our 13 grandchil- 
dren keep us running to all their activities," writes Janet 
McElgunn Flynn. "I am heading back to Marco Island, FL, 
this winter and would love to hear from any classmates." 

Virginia Michelini Parks writes, "So proud to read 
about all the wonderful changes at Lasell." 

Having recuperated from a compound ankle fracture, 

Frances Mitchell Sherman is "back to full time quilting," 
and traveled to Kentucky for the annual quilt show. She 
says, "I have renewed contact with former roommate 
Elaine Budarz Wiatrowski. We email each other. Great fun 
to know her again." 

Shirley Read Lupien cruised to Tahiti, the Polynesian 
Islands and Hawaiian Islands. She will spend some of the 
winter in Florida with her oldest daughter and family. 

"We were blessed with two new grandchildren," writes 
Sara Rojas Casarella 

"Retired and living in Sun City, TX. What a wonderful 
life!" says Eleanor Sclare Mazur. 

Shirley Sherwood Adams recently acquired a motor 
home and "is looking forward to many great trips - coast 
to coast." Shirley has eight grandchildren. 

Before retiring in March 2000, Judy Stone Grabar was 
executive director of the Cheshire housing authority. She 
celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with a cruise to 
Alaska. She has four children who live close by. Judy often 
visits with Corinne Coyle Lydem and manages to see her 
sister in California, Mary Stone Leary '49, at least twice a 
year. Judy says, "We attend Lasell reunions together as we 
graduated five years apart." 


Judy Bowen Horky enjoys "traveling, golf and beauti- 
ful Pagosa Springs, CO." Judy would love to hear from 

Nancy Curtis Kem retired from the health science 
library in 1996. She has six children and six grandchildren. 

"We are now residing in a retirement community in 
York Harbor, ME," writes Patricia Downing Card. "We 
enjoy having few responsibilities and pleasant activities 
and surroundings." 

Ethel Griffin Browning writes, "Enjoyed seeing my 
roommate, Betty Goetz, after 47 years." 

After a diagnosis of breast cancer and then treatment, 
Eunice Kerkins Monticone is now substitute teaching and 
restarting her real estate business. She enjoys piano, pho- 
tography, golf, working with a breast cancer support group 
and playing with her six grandchildren. "Life is great." 

From Vancouver, WA, Sandra Lally Hovey writes, 
"Will retire from teaching at a Montessori school in June. 
Still keep in touch with my roommate, Shirley Palmaccio 
Stolfors. I enjoy the beautiful Pacific northwest." 

"What a fabulous time my roommate, Marilyn Meyer 
Herlin, and I had at her timeshare in Nantucket and at her 
beautiful home in Connecticut," says Valerie Montanez 

"Two-and-a-half year old grandsons continue to be the 
joy of our lives," writes Joan Murano Swanson. 

"Our grands now number six. They make our lives so 
sweet," writes Anita Royer Martin. 

After retiring from assistant to the associate dean of 
Ouinnipiac University School of Law, Nancy Tisler Hurley 
is working part-time for her parish church. She says, "I'm 
doing lots of traveling (just back from Albuquerque 
Balloon Festival) and enjoying my seven grandchildren." 


Suzanne Adams is still working but spends the winter 
in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Our sincere condolences to Gail Frank Wells on learn- 
ing that her sister, Shirley Frank Kerner '45 passed away 
in March 2002. Gail says, "A very sad time without her." 

"Still enjoying Florida winters, Spencer (MA) summers 
and six grandchildren," writes Pattie Holland Bird. Pattie 
does a lot of quilting. 

Ann Pasquale Kibort is "traveling a bit, visiting chil- 
dren and immensely enjoying six grandchildren." 

In October 2002, Joan Polidor Selander retired after 18 
years in the travel industry. "I have been so busy helping 
my daughter with her crafts projects. I don't know how I 
had time to work." 

Penny Rafkin Blake's 10 grandchildren "live up north 
so we fly up and down the east coast all year." Penny 
keeps in touch with Sandy Lavine Kanosky and Marilyn 
Blumenthal Kovnat on a regular basis. 

"I am not actually retired," says Kathryn Rohleder 
Oetting. "I resumed working for the Nevada State 
Legislature in January 2003." Kathryn has lived in Nevada 
for 11 years. She enjoys RVing, gardening, fishing, crafts 
and reading. 

Peggy Schwingel Kraft has been married 45 years, 
has three married sons and nine grandchildren. She says, 
"I serve on several non-profit boards, am a trustee on the 
Lasell board, play golf, and build doll houses and things 
in miniature. 

Ann Tucker Lojzim moved into her new home in rural 
northeastern Connecticut two days before Christmas. 
"What an experience," she says. Ann enjoys her two grand- 
children and the Florida Keys in March. 

Janet Whitney Buck travels 6-7 months a year. "With 
family in Arizona and friends in Florida, we alternate 
winters and spend most summers in the mid-west with our 
daughter and her family. 


Class Notes 


"Sorry to have missed the reunion," writes Ann 
Bidwell Sanborn. "After 44 years, we're selling our house 
in New Hampshire and moving to an in-law apartment in 
Illinois. We're wintering in Florida. What a change." 

"Sorry I didn't get to reunion," writes Sandra Bristol 
Walters, "but I enjoyed a week in England and three weeks 
in France." 

Jane Coulter Langmaid and her husband moved to 
Alexandria, VA, just minutes from their former home of 32 





daughter, "the sunshine of my life," and a son. After 
attending a few reunions Carole had this to say, "It was 
great to connect again." 

Ann Reeves Burton saw roommate Starr Tupper 
Shannon in June in Florida, and saw Mary Ann Fuller 
Young in Chapel Hill, NC, during the Thanksgiving holi- 
day. She says, "Neat to connect again. Just like olds times." 

"Just love living in Cambridge (MA) near Harvard 
Square," writes Meade Simpson Fasciano. "Still volunteer- 
ing at the Museum of Fine Arts and Dana-Farber Cancer 
Institute. I have six grandchildren. 

Marsha Singer Marshall is retired and 
"is busier now than when I was working." 
She spends seven months in Sun City 
Center, FL and five months in Marlborough, 
MA. Marsha has three children and seven 

First a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, 
Nancy Spargo Goodridge is now in the 
workplace for 20 years. Currently, she cov- 
ers North America doing seminars on sell- 
ing. Nancy has three children and five 
grandchildren. She continues to "sing, 
play tennis, golf, gab and sip." 

Gail Winalski Burd raised three 
daughters and has four grandchildren. She 
reports, "I do crafts with shells and sell 
them in stores in Florida, North Carolina 
and Tennessee." Gail also makes beaded 
jewelry, paints step stools, plays golf and 

A mini reunion for the Class of 1957 in September in Freeport, 
Maine. (L to R) Audrey MacAdam Lowe, Millie Berg Cunningham, 
Gloria Guiduli, Muriel Hagerthy Meyer 

Joan Deshefy Patenaude will be spending four months 
in New England and the winters in Florida. She writes, 
"Would love to hear and keep in touch with Lasellites." 

Named national volunteer for 2002 for the University of 
Minnesota is Marcia James Carthaus. Marcia is heading 
south for the winter and enjoys the Naples (FL) greater 
leadership program for which she was selected. 

Lynn Johnson McCabe owns a travel agency. She has 
two children, four stepchildren and 10 grandchildren. 

Caroline Kill am Moller visited her daughter's family 
in England and enjoyed her two grandchildren. Caroline 
says, "I see Nancye Van Deusen Connor at trustees' meet- 
ings and often lunch with Joan Pethybridge Thompson 
and Bobbie Sturges Kraus. 

"Where are my buddies from the Class of '57?" asks 
Christine Palluotto Gaudio. "I would love to meet some of 
you in Boston. I am there almost every Monday. Whenever 
I drive by the Lasell campus, I get nostalgic." 

Carol Preater Feldmann planned a luncheon and shop- 
ping visit with Sue Stioup Gilbert and Ann Pearson 
Proctor '58 in Newport, RI. 

"I enjoy my grandchildren, and they all live nearby," 
writes Lori Rounseville Sanf ord. "Debbie Odgers Ruch, 
please write." 

Last June, Carol Swartz Kumin moved to Mashpee on 
Cape Cod. "We feel lucky to be near friends and relatives 
and would like to be in touch with anyone in the area." 
Carol frequently travels to California to visit son, daughter 
and grandchildren. 

Our sincere condolences to Patricia Tarracciano 
Ciccone on the death of her husband. 

"Raised a family of four and remain active at Lasell on 
the alumni board of management," says Nancye Van 
Deusen Connor. Nancy has worked as a real estate broker 
since the early '70s. 


"l lived in the Virgin Islands, traveled, worked as a 
travel agent, am married to the same man for 42 years, 
raised three children, have four grandchildren and am a 
very happy camper!" says Carole Bartholomew Dusseau. 

"We built a home near our son and his family in South 
Portland, ME," says Bev Bearse Sowerby. "I have had my 
heart for 12 years now and am doing real well." 

Jeanne Bradner Morgan says, "Retired and built our 
dream home in Hickory, NC. Never thought life could be 
this good. See you at reunion." 

In November 2002, some Lasell friends got together in 
NYC for fun, reminiscing and a mini-reunion. They were: 
Linda Braslow Lefkowitz, Sona Bedrosian Selverian, 
Gladys Mettler Biasotto, Carole Paolino Cohen. 

Laurie Ferrante Cannon is a deacon in her church and 
recently started a new business. 

"Looking forward to seeing everyone at reunion," 
writes Janet McPherson Pretto. 

Carole Paolino Cohen lives in Barrington, RI but 
spends lots of time at her condo in Waterville Valley, NH. 
She has a daughter, Cynthia Pliakas Smith '85, a grand- 


Junis Anderson Nicholson writes, 
"Covered almost 4,000 miles touring the 
national parks out west. The magnificent 
views defy description." Junis is planning 
to retire in 2003 and "looks forward to 
having more leisure time." 

Semi-retired and living in Colorado, Carol Anderten 
says, "I spent many years doing store and window dis- 
plays using many of the things I learned at Lasell." Carol 
has three children, one grandchild, and is thinking about 
getting labrador retriever #4. 

"We rejoice in the birth of our seventh grandchild," 
writes Linda Bailey Bolton. 

Carlene Hintlian Newell saw Joyce Mitchell Schrader 
at their 45th high school reunion (Arlington, MA). Carlene 
continues to teach health education. She is the grandmoth- 
er of four. "I love it all." 

"Life is good and full," writes Marilyn Miller Harris. 
"Days are filled with helping clients find and sell homes. 
Did some recent renovations on our home and had an 
engagement party for my daughter." 

Barbara Thompson 
Tubridy retired from her 
state job and is enjoying 
her new life. "I became a 
grandmother on 
Thanksgiving Day 2001. 

In July 2002, Joan 
Valentine Glasson became 
a grandmother. 

"Hi to all classmates 
and other Lasell gals. If 
you are in the Punta 
Gorda, FL area, call and 
lef s get together," writes 
Carolyn Wood Brox. 



Gail Badner Sargent is 

an elementary school 
teacher and grandmother 
of five. She asks, "Please 
help me find Janet Miller." 

Barbara Bogert 
Wahlberg says, "I enjoy 
being nana to my first 
grandchild (from my 
daughter, Susan Wahlberg 
Morch '88). I won my local 
golf club championship, 
and I would love to hear 
from others in the Class of 

Faith Bowker Maloney 
says, "I had interesting 
volunteer and travel expe- 
riences and am a mother of 
two and grandmother of 

"My claim to fame - 1 am a grandmother of three," says 
Linda Eisenberg Hershfield. 

Minna Golden Levin has five grandchildren. "They 
live close by, and I see them all the time." 

A special request from Phyllis Gomberg McKinnon's 
sons: "Our mom passed away in August 1997. We would 
appreciate it if anyone who knew her would send us pho- 
tos, news clippings, etc. that you may have. Please contact 
us by email: or mail: 
Jonathan McKinnon, P.O. Box 553, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 
33785. We look forward to hearing from you." Jonathan 
and Graham. 

"We are both retired and are enjoying life with our 
grandchildren and traveling," writes Phyllis Gordon 

Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is a substitute teacher in 
grades K-9. She says, "My granddaughter is my pride and 

Barbara McAlary Kashar says, "I have two degrees, 
two kids, six grandbabies, traveled the world, changed 
careers and had one hell of a time." 

Michele Poirier Gorman was elected to the Board of 
Trustees of the Montessori Brooklyn Heights (NY) where 
her 4-year-old granddaughter is enrolled. "It provides a 
great excuse to see her." 


Carolyn Bird Murray writes, "I enjoy seeing Barbara 
Carberry Haddad, Donna Skillings Kessler and Sharon 
Handley House here in Maine. Barbara and I are in an aer- 
obics class together and Donna and I play golf." 

"All is well," writes Barbara Davis Delano. "We are 
planning an early 40th anniversary celebration in Orlando 
with our family." 

Faith Fuller Christopher says, "Married with two 
daughters and four grandchildren." 

Carol Healy McKinnon's son was married on the Cape 
in October 2002. Linda Grean Curtis attended the wedding 

"Up until 1979, my family was vagabonds, traveling 
from state to state because of my husband's jobs. In 1979 
we came to North Dakota and have lived in Oakes ever 
since," writes Caroline Heck Crane. "I was a kindergarten 
teacher for 22 years and am in my third year teaching first 

Gwen Johnson Redding reports, "My successful 
Scandinavian gift and food store will celebrate 10 years in 
May 2003." 

Our sincere condolences to Chase Kirschner Wilson on 
the death of her mother and uncle. Chase also lost six 
friends on September 11th. 

Melinda Neal Daniels is still doing interior design for 
commercial customers. "It was an exciting year. I did a 
British law firm and several other projects throughout New 

Once again the loyal reunioners of the Class of 1960 gathered for a fall getaway in 
East Sandwich, MA. They enjoyed antiquing, hiking, clamming, and lobster feast- 
ing. All are optimistic that their ranks will steadily increase by the big 50th event in 
Auburndale in 2010. If anyone from the "sensational class of 60" would like to join, 
please contact any member in the photo. They welcome suggestions for mini- 
reunions and are eager to extend the good feelings that are generated when they are 
together. (L to R) back row: Mary McCartney Kuhrtz, Barbara McAlary Kashar, 
Lynda Green Scourtis, Cricket Bigelow George, Karen "Kip" Kirk Macintosh; mid- 
dle row: Sue Spangenberg Straley, Faith Bowker Maloney, Rayna Caplan; front row: 
Joan White Martin, Linda Chiaramonte Mount, Elaine Waters Shaunessy, Fran 
Fleming Kennedy 

Class Notes 


Rona Ruderman Goldstein '61 with granddaughter, 
Nina, a future Lasell girl. 


Our sincere condolences to Linda Norwell Gaulin 
whose aunt, Jane Norwell Chamberlain '43, passed away 
in March 2001. Linda has been teaching family and con- 
sumer science for 10 years. She keeps in touch with 
Georgia Beaumont Tramontano and Val Duval 

"Arizona continues to be a great place for us," writes 
Penny Pattee Matthew. "Our two daughters and families 
live here. We are fortunate to be a part of the lives of our 
two grandsons." 

Cynthia Pierro Martin is involved in community 
affairs and local theater and works in the business she and 
her husband own. She has two children and one grand- 

Betsy Schwingel Sullivan says, "I have been married 
for 40 years, raised four children, have six grandchildren, 
and have spent most of the years following my husband 
around the country while he was involved with profession- 
al baseball." 

"All is well in Myrtle Beach," writes Nan Sparks 
Hunter. The last of Nan's six children just graduated from 
college. Nan is still a marketing person for a timeshare. She 
says, "Lots of paid vacation. I love it. Next trip is Hawaii." 


"Moved to Tennessee from New York in March 2002 
and love it here," writes Patti Gath Moessinger. 

Marcia Madden Heist is currently chair of the school 
committee in Brookline, MA. She says, "I love boating on 
Lake Winnipesaukee. Life is good." 

From North Carolina, Dee Orben Campbell writes, 
"love hiking, water-skiing and quilting. We had a wonder- 
ful family reunion in Vail." 

First-time grandma Linda Resnick Baer "is enjoying 
the opportunity to spoil my granddaughter." 


Bette Cole Greene is now retired and loves it. "We 
have a 24-foot motor home and travel from February to 
May to see this beautiful country." Bette has five grandchil- 

Retired and living in Port Orange, FL, Judy Firth 
Haggett still plays tennis every day. Her four grandchil- 
dren all visited for Christmas and "we did Disney World." 
Judy is looking forward to her 40th reunion. 

Still working as a visiting nurse, Bonnie Hankin Cohen 
is married, has three adult children and five grandchildren. 

Sandra Harris is a financial planner for the past 16 
years and lives in Los Angeles. She says, "Physical activity 
has become a passion of mine. Skiing, running (I'm a 
marathon runner) and hiking are what I love to do. I travel, 

go to the theatre, opera and movies. Life is great!" 

"I am vice president of our local branch of the 
Tennessee Jacksonian Button Club," says Sarah Hirst-Pitts. 
Sarah has three granddaughters. 

"Busy with job, church, swimming,'' writes JoAnn 
Jacobson. "Nice to hear from old friends at Lasell." 

Regarding her eastern Caribbean cruise, Eleanor 
Lamson Brewster says, "It was great fun, lots of relaxing." 
In her spare time Eleanor plays golf and enjoys her four 

Claire Lipton Zimmers' home is now in Boca Raton, 
FL. She says, "Twin granddaughters arrived on Mother's 
Day. It's a thrilling experience to be a grandmother." 

"Looking forward to our 40" 1 reunion," writes Mimi 
Robbins Kelly. Mimi and her husband spent time in 
Ireland this past summer, "looking up our past." She has 
seven grandchildren. 

Daryl Anne Schmid Anderson is president of the 
South County Museum in Narragansett, RI. 

She has two children and five grandchildren. 

"I am looking forward to seeing lots of classmates in 
May," says Karin Skooglund Bartow. Karin lives and 
works in Cambridge, MA with her life partner. "I help 
market visual artists and rep a line of handbags." Karin 
regularly sees Susan Albano Cowan and is in close touch 
with Midge Myles Miller and Margot Harcher Powell. 

Linda Welt Horowitz is still teaching and "fully enjoy- 
ing grandchild #1." 


"Love living and playing in Florida," writes Judith 
Adelson Wein. Judith's son got married, she became a 
grandmother for the first time and still keeps in touch with 
"Peachie" Goldman Resko. 

In 2001 Carol Bradley Sullivan moved from Raleigh, 
NC, to Hyannis on Cape Cod. She says, "We love it here. I 
see my dear friend Marsha Keyes Tucker." Carol has two 

Elizabeth Burdick Cantarine was named communica- 
tions manager for the Sarasota (FL) County government's 
public communications department. She is married 35 
years and loves her life on the gulf coast. Elizabeth invites 
"Miss Chick's chicks to look me up if you're in the Tampa 
Bay area." 

"I had a wonderful reunion with classmates Ruth 
Sawyer Staley, Penny Brewster Martyn and Susan 
Tenney Noble in Colorado," says Lee Dunstane 
Vandermark. "Would love to hear from other house- 

Two Lasell friends and their husbands win a golf 
tournament The couples have been friends for 40 
years. (L to R) Jim Scielzo, Lynne Andrews Scielzo 
'62, Kathy Tullock Godwin '62 and John Godwin 


Living in Minnesota for the past 10 years, Nancy 
Huntington Stanton is an adrninistrative assistant for a 
small company, works four days a week and hopes to 
retire soon. 

"Recently moved from Sandwich to Mashpee (on Cape 
Cod)," writes Marcia Mactavish Syer. Marcia has two mar- 

ried sons and two grandchildren. 

Deborah MacVaugh Enders has downsized to a small- 
er home and spends summers in Ocean City, NJ. She says, 
"Life is good." She has a daughter and son and is enjoying 

Susan Miller-Havens (Class of 1965 Nursing degree) 
was appointed to Harvard Graduate School of Education's 
Arts in Education Council. 

"I'm still traveling to England several times a year but 
no longer doing small group tours," writes Pat Perry 
Polidor. "I'm focusing on London while deciding which 
direction to take with the business. In the meantime, if s 
wonderful to concentrate on friends." 

Joy Raymond Carey enjoys kayaking, photography, 
biking, walking and fishing. 

"My architectural practice is thriving as many people 
are moving up here to Dutchess County, about two hours 
north of New York City," writes Darlene Smith Riemer. 

"Loving life in the quiet lobster village of Cape 
Porpoise (ME)," says Patricia Tassinari Smith. Busy with 
frequent houseguests, volunteering, gardening and trips. 
"I'm content and busy." 


Recently retired, Susanne Benz Sweeny is moving 
from her home of 20 years in Connecticut. She will live six 
months in Vero Beach, FL, and six months in Belmar, NJ. 
She writes, "Both homes are on the water. We plan on 
doing a lot of sailing, tennis, golf and volunteer work. 
Would love to hear from others in the class of '65." 

Sheryl Chapman Kammer writes, "My daughter, Tara 
Kammer '06, and I had great fun in the canoe race on par- 
ent's weekend. We lost but it brought back so many memo- 
ries of 1963-65." 

An invitation from Linda Foster Nixon: "Would love to 
see fellow classmates. Come to Chatham (on the Cape), 
and we'll picnic on the beach." 

Mary Harrison Lansing is moving from Illinois to 
Chicago in 2003. Her last child, a son, is getting married in 

Marcia Lundgren Johns writes, "I enjoy visiting with 
Marilynn Paganelli Ugalde at book club once a month 
and enjoy staying in touch with Lynn Callis Brown. Any 
other classmates in the San Francisco bay area?" 

Jill Norton Weeks says, "All is well in Maine. It was a 
great summer for the beach. Five grandchildren and my 
card shop keep me jumping. Best to all." 

"My first grandchild was born in September 2002," 
writes Marilynn Paganelli Ugalde. "I've taken a year's 
leave of absence from the airlines to enjoy her and 'smell 
the roses.'" 

"We are so happy in our new condo which is only two 
miles from our former home of 37 years," writes Virginia 
Pedrick Searle from Amherst, NH. 


Colette Cavanaugh Clark is eagerly anticipating their 
move from Georgia to North Carolina. "Our house sits on 
the side of a mountain with a view of the smokies." 

After living in the San Francisco Bay area for 31 years, 
Nancy Ferrier Grosjean decided it was time for a change 
and moved to Medford, OR. "The pace is slower, and we 
are really happy. Would love to hear from the old gang." 

"I've been living in Virginia Beach for 33 years but still 
miss New England," says Linda Hohwieler Carpenter. 
"My husband and I go to Gloucester, MA every summer 
for our vacation." Linda has been teaching school for the 
past 20 years. She has one daughter, two stepchildren and 
a "precious 3-year-old grandson." 

An update from Linda Holch Gordon: "We have two 
grandchildren living nearby. We still head for Nantucket in 
August and have some time for traveling." 

This past summer, Marcia Moore Reed vacationed in 
New Hampshire with Linda Condike Ritchie. Marcia says, 
"I celebrated my 35th wedding anniversary in August. A 
happy journey together." 

Jeanne Orsi Froelich writes, "Spent a wonderful week- 
end in July 2001 with Sharon LeVan ather beautiful lake- 
side home. Also enjoyed seeing Janice Breft Wilcox, Ginny 
Wolf Bradley, Bunny Ferris Flint and Nancy Olson. 
Thirty-five years later and still so much to laugh about." 
Jeanne has six grandchildren. 


Martha Begley Hertel says, "It is busy times." She has 
two in college. 

After two years in Maine, Bonnie Bunce Clark is back 
in Colorado. Bonnie still does lots of skiing, biking and 

Heather Hines Peterson frequently meets Aimee 
Gutmann Gage at conferences in Texas. Both are nursing 

"New York City is back to normal, and I love working 
here," writes Bonnie Kamerdiner Marsano. She loved her 
vacation in Mexico and plans to go back every year. 

"Would love to hear from any of my classmates. Judy 
Taylor, Barbara Simpson Filoso and Martha Rorty 


Class Notes 

Boiardi. where are you?" asks Carol Scielzo Horn. 

For the last 15 years, Elizabeth Webb Cheney has 
worked in institutional advancement. She is currently 
working on an old farmhouse with a friend and looking 
forward to the day when "I can enjoy it rather than worry 
about it. I love hearing from classmates and friends from 

Susan Young Charton has two sons, one in college and 
one who graduated. 


At Katherine Steinmetz Datei^s son's wedding, a 
mini Lasell reunion. (L to R) front row: Katherine 
Steinmetz Dater '66 and Martha Wright Potter '65; 
back row: Karen Pedersen Silverthorn '65 and 
Martha's daughter Carolyn Potter 

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"It is hard to believe that 34 years have passed since 
graduation. I will welcome reunion," says Lisa Altshuler 
Freidus. When Lisa turned 50, she celebrated with new 
friends and old "(three gals from Lasell were able to make 
it — Marsha Gordon Bornstein, Carol Johnson Hodgdon 
and Edie Hogsett Whitney). What a wonderful evening!" 

Cathy Lutz Laneri works part-time as a paralegal in a 
small law firm. She says, "I am busy traveling and golf- 

Sue Pegues Owen lives and teaches in Yorktown, NY. 

JoAnn Shattuck Wilson volunteers at St. Vincent de 
Paul in Laconia, NFL and "is enjoying every minute." She 
writes, "Hi to Cindy Dowd, RosaLinda, Nancy, Priscilla, 
Linda and all those of Haskell House." 

Sherry Swain Dey is a private, geriatric-care manger 
and eldercare consultant in the Greenwich /Stamford area 
of Connecticut. Last year she started her own business, 
Aging Connections. 

I have lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, 
and the Pacific Basin," says Kay Thompson. "I am now set- 
tled in California and miss old friends." 


"Hey Karandon Cuties. Where are you? Let's keep in 
touch," writes Anne Coe Judge. 

Mary Anne Conboy is active in Drum and Bugle Corps 

Dana Cooper Purvis enjoys working as a church secre- 
tary, helping her husband with his business and playing 
with her grandson. "We had a great trip to Cannes, 

After selling her B & B, Betsy Gimbel Ratner moved to 
Milford, CT. Now an education consultant, Betsy works 
with school districts, universities and education resource 
centers. She is also an author. 

Shelley Gray Krug traveled to New Zealand and 
Australia. Her son was married in May 2002. 

Susan Hartsig Lek is a self-employed, financial consul- 
tant in NYC. She is an active volunteer and president of 
her block association. Susan has one child. 

Lydia Jewell Fardy finds it fulfilling to teach young 
children to read. 

"I would love to hear from Karla Englund Thompson, 
Kathy Anders and Linda Citro Genovese," writes Sharon 

Nancy Rosenthal Klein is a substitute elementary 
school teacher and a New Jersey realtor. She has two 

Our sincere condolences to Brenda Sherman Baer 
whose 23-year-old son, P.J., died when his car hit black ice 
in January 2002. Brenda and her husband live in the home 
her parents left her in Framingham, MA. 

"We travel all over the world because of my husband's 
job. We spend some time in Boca Raton, FL in the winter, 
trying to golf," writes Leah Smith Schneier. 


Yvonne Batocko Coyle writes, "Three kids, moving all 
over the country, starting over, crying and laughing a lot." 

Paula Finnegan is a Reading Specialist /Title I 
Coordinator at an elementary school in New Hampshire. 
After taking an architecture course, Paula designed her 
new home and then had it built. She travels extensively 
and loves to motorcycle, run, ski, kayak and sew. 

Deborah Kimerling Schneider has a consulting busi- 
ness and three teenage sons. 

"I would love to hear from any of the old gals," writes 
Linda Larsen White. 

Leigh Pansini Fanuzzi worked in the family business 
and does charity work. She has two children. 

"I am married for 27 years to the guy I met in Bermuda 
on spring break in 1970," writes Marianne Thomen 
Williams. "I have traveled through the U.S. and lived in 
California for three years before settling in New England. I 
would love to hear from the Karandon Cuties of '69 and 


"I've been teaching at Tilden High School in Brooklyn, 
NY since 1978," writes Ellin Blumberg Singer. 

Cyndie Cassidy McManus says, "I stayed married, 
raised two children, taught high school, did visual mer- 
chandising, developed a new career, and moved, and 
moved and moved again." 

"I had two solo photo shows in 2002, both displayed in 
central Connecticut," writes Mary Hobler Hyson. "I've got 
two kids in college and one married. Where does the time 

"My daughter, Jessalyn Peterson '03, will be graduat- 
ing from Lasell in May. She has had four wonderful years 
and can't believe it went by so quickly," writes Cynthia 
Jorgensen Peterson. 

Nancy Kuehl Mayo retired from a position in social 
services and started a second career in insurance. Nancy 
plays the piano and rides horses. She and her husband cel- 
ebrated their 25th anniversary last year. They have two 

In 1985 Mary Wilson Boegel and her husband started a 
company that designs and manufacturers rehab therapy 
equipment for children and adults with physical disabili- 

From Capitol Hill in D.C., Susan Wysocki writes, "My 
work at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in 
Women's Health where I am president and CEO is chal- 
lenging and fun." Susan launched a practical journal on 
women's healthcare for nurse practitioners this past year 
and has done interviews on radio, TV and for the print 
media on topics in women's health. 


Bonnie Berman Wugman worked in retail manage- 
ment and then in sales and development for a non-profit. 

Sue Boshers Jefferson graduated Simmons College 
with an M.L.S. in library science and works as a reference 

Susan Havens Trapani has been busy raising a family 
of seven children and teaching first grade. 

Nancy Keefe Phillips, a senior accountant in Waltham, 
MA, attended Lasell in 1970-1971. She says, "I enjoyed my 
year there, and my daughter is attending Lasell, Class of 

Linda Marino Freeman has worked in many phases of 
nursing, from in-service educator to intensive care, to 
school nurse, to IV therapist to visiting nurse. She says, "I 
am looking forward to reconnecting with Lasell class- 

Joanne White Bartlett is attending graduate school for 
school counseling. She says, "I am glad to find that my 
brain still works. It is both challenging and stimulating." 

Nancy Zuber Perry enjoyed a "fabulous" cruise of the 
Baltic. She spent three "great days" on the Cape with Gail 
Kaufman Furgal and Paula Power Spirlet. 


Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author of the "M&M 
Counting Book" (which has over a million copies in print), 
the "Cheerios Counting Book" and several other children's 
books, spoke at the Middleboro Public Library (MA) in 
November in honor of National Children's Book Week. 
Barbara visits schools across the country giving interactive 
presentations and encouraging children to write. 


Beth Ballard, Debi Bradley Severance, Susan Curry 
Soucy, Jill Greenleaf Kells-Murphy, Jill Mills Cozens, Pat 
Raposa Reineke and Suzy Shaw Allen celebrated 20 years 
of friendship during a weekend trip to Boston. "A great 
time was had by all." 

Elaine Goldman is associate director of the Career 

Education Center at Simmons College in Boston, MA. "I 
counsel students and alumni in all areas of career counsel- 
ing and exploration." 

Barbara Hirschfield Henry is the first selectman in 
Roxbury, CT, a position she's held for the past 4-1/2 years. 

Harolyn Klawans Small has been teaching at the same 
school for 10 years. She says, "I have been happily married 
for 23 years and have two kids in college. Would love to 
see Debby, Shelly, Sally, Gayle and the gang." 

Living on Cape Cod, Lucy Lindeman Carty sells Avon 
products and runs a charter boat business out of Barnstable 
Harbor with her husband. She has two daughters. 

Elaine Zlotin Feldberg says, "I'm married, started a 
company with my husband and am in the process of rais- 
ing three incredible children." 


"I am working at the high school guidance department 
to help pay for my son's college expenses next year," says 
Barbara Beck Cohan. "I miss my twin, Pat Beck Lang, who 
lives in California. Hugs to roommate, Patti Narlo 
Bleauana. Seems like yesterday." 

"Hello to all in the class of '75," writes Betsy Betzold 
Miller. "I'm still helping to keep Texas colorful from my 
Houston art studio - painting and playing in clay and 
teaching aspiring Picassos." 

Lynda Sweeney Hunt is remarried and has three 
daughters and two stepchildren ranging in age from 11 to 
26 years. 


Debra Alperin Cameron is an exercise enthusiast and 
in May 2001 participated (and finished) the 60-mile Avon 
Breast Cancer Walk. She has three children, is an active 
volunteer and waitresses a few nights a week. 

Theresa Gillis Bomal has two children in college. 

Jennifer Hughes Bardsley is an interior designer and 
owns her own firm since 1985. She lives in Hingham, MA 
with her husband and two children. 


Carol Goldberg Friedman is head of the home goods 
division of a company in Rhode Island where she special- 
izes in product development. Married for 25 years, Carol 
has two daughters. 

"Enjoying my balancing act between work and pre- 
teens /teens," says Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon. "Working in 
the community as a psychiatric nurse with chronic mental- 
ly ill clients keeps me on my toes." Lynne would like to 
hear from Gardner House and McClelland friends. "I look 
forward to hearing from all the neat friends from those 
crazy, fun-filled, growing-up years at LJC! If any of you see 
this, please contact me." 

Cindy Pine Spittel combined her love of art and psy- 
chology while at LaseU to become, along with her husband, 
co-owners of the Newton (MA) Memorial Art Company, a 
company that designs and carves gravestones. Cindy 
doesn't solicit business, relying instead on word of mouth. 
She has no intention of expanding the business because 
"I've always felt like it takes a special kind of dedication. 
For me, death has always been a part of life." 


Susan Allen Melanson has been appointed mortgage 
originator at the GFA Federal Credit Union where she is 
responsible for helping members obtain or refinance real 
estate and equity loans. She has more than 20 years experi- 
ence in the financial services industry. 

Lori Bushey Blades is a healthcare consultant with 
First Consulting Group. She lives in the North End 
(Boston) and "loves it." She has two children. 

Alison Ix Lutes is busy with her two children. "They've 
had preschool teachers from Lasell!" She has enjoyed mini 
reunions with McClelland and Gardner friends, "but 
where are those crazy Carpenter ladies from '79?" About 
Lasell, Alison says "You'd be amazed what Valentine 
Hall/Eddie's looks like!" 

Sheree Loftus is working toward her Ph.D. in nursing 
at UMass Amherst. She enjoys skiing with her husband 
and son. 

"Is there anyone out there who remembers me?" asks 
Carrie Lyons Bajana. 


From Wisconsin, Judith Kuchachik Fletcher writes, "I 
am married 14 years, have two daughters and one yellow 
lab." Judith is an at-home nurse/homemaker." She says, 
"Of course we follow our Green Bay Packers." 

Class Notes 




Alexandra Brown Kandola graduated from Bentley 
College with a B.S. in marketing. She works at a private 
Montessori school in Duxbury, MA. 

"Where are all the 1980 classmates now? Write to Lasell 
Leaves and let us know," writes Diane Greenwood 
Heckler. Diane celebrated 17 years of marriage and has 
three girls. 

Maryann Simonoko Buckingham "has two beautiful 
little girls" and moved back home to Suffield, CT. 


"Hello friends from '80, '81 and '82. My how Lasell has 
changed," writes Jayne Blair Lindo. 

Philippa Reams Calabrese says, "I lived in Boston 
(had a blast), got married, have three children, went back 
to school, worked." 

Debra Learmonth is a certified emergency nurse, 
received an MSN in administration and a post-Master's 
family nurse practitioner certificate. She lives in New 
Hampshire and has a 4-year-old daughter. 

"Recently celebrated 21 years at the Connecticut Post 
newspaper," writes Lisa Otzel Turner. Her son is a fresh- 
man in college and her daughter will start kindergarten in 
the fall. 


Sandra Davidow accepted the position of senior devel- 
opment associate at Hadassh, a national women's organi- 
zation that raises money to support a major medical center 
and colleges in Israel. 

Hailing from Colorado Springs, Sara "Natasha" Kent is 
self-employed. She also teaches graduate business courses 
for The University of Phoenix Online. 

Cynthia Nagy Schoonover has been living in 
Minnesota for six years and has two children. 

Diane Raymond Grillone says, "Hi Roz and Ginny. 
What are your addresses or write to me." 

From St. Cloud, FL, Rita Wickham Kilinski Talbo 
called in an update. She is an admissions /staff nurse on the 
oncology unit at a local hospital as well as a parish nurse. 
Rita coordinates seminars on weight management, teaches 
babysitting to teens and organizes a health fair once a year. 
In her spare time, Rita is working toward her bachelor's 
degree in alternative medicine. 


Pauline Alldred has worked in three different hospitals 
and in a number of specialties. She says, "I'm working on a 
novel and will continue writing when I retire." 

Caroline Knoener-Skowronek writes, "My new son is 
growing like crazy. He will be a future Lasell student and 

tremendous opportunities both clinically and in manage- 
ment. Thanks Lasell. Kudos to the Class of '85." 

Patti Gold Fischer is working and raising "two won- 
derful boys." 

Cathy Hennessy Summers, an attorney with a special- 
ty in health care services, presented a program, 
"Advocating for yourself (or someone you love) in today's 
hurried health care system." 

Lauren Miller-Cattel is a human resource manager for 
a nursing home in Bristol, CT. She adds, "I have been a 
member of the Greater Hartford Jaycees for the past 10 
years. In 2000 1 received an international award for service 
to the community and have been recognized for my service 
by the state of Connecticut. I also met my husband there. I 
would love to hear from anyone from my class." 

"I worked at Boston Medical Center for 15 years," says 
Christine Perry Ryan. "I am now a stay-at-home mom and 
have three children. I work per diem a couple of days a 

Arlene Strauss lives in Woodstock, GA with her dog, 
Chassy. She says, "I am enjoying my house and friends. I 
started a business a year ago, a concierge and personal 
assistant service." 


Jennifer Leonard says, "I've been out of the loop for a 
while and am back in New Jersey. I am a part-time nanny 
and work in a print shop. I paint murals whenever possi- 
ble, as art is one of my passions. I miss the girls at Gardner. 
How are you all? I'd love to hear from you." 


Lisa Foley was appointed director of maternal child 
health nursing at The Childbirth Center at St. Joseph 
Hospital in Nashua, NH. Lisa is certified in high-risk 
obstetrics and external fetal monitoring and is a neonatal 
resuscitation program instructor. 

"My dream is to sing for a living," writes Kimberly 
Luf kin. "I completed a demo tape and sent it out. 
Everybody keep your fingers crossed." In memory of her 
sister who died of leukemia, Kimberly participates in the 
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and has raised over 
$50,000 in the last six years." 

Amy Schuller Kennedy says, "I have been happily 
married for 10 years and have three wonderful children." 


Theresa Chabot is a self-employed, independent dis- 
tributor for Discovery Toys and Herbal Life International. 
She has two children. 

Colleen Darois Cleaves is excited to have her husband 
home safe from military duty in Bosnia. He arrived home 
in time for the birth of their second child. They built a 
home in Brockton, MA, and Colleen drives a school bus. 
"Another great year for my American Heart Walk," 
says Wendy Gromko White. "$850,000 was raised to help 
fund cardiovascular research." 

Susan Scichilone Presti is working on 
a Bachelor's degree in business adminis- 
tration. She has two daughters. 

Susan Wahlberg Morch worked as a 
health and welfare administrator /consul- 
tant, but is now staying home with her 


"I am presentiy a stay-at-home mom 
and have two little girls, but I do some 
consulting work from home. Would love 
to hear from old friends," writes Carol 
E in arson Towle. 

In 1995, Jill Fucci Spell opened a 
restaurant in Shelburne, VT. "I thought 
that was a lot of work, but it is nothing 
compared to motherhood." 

Lisa Tomaselli Oen is working as an 
innkeeper and is almost finished with a 2- 
year culinary program in Farmington, CT." 

Susan Isely Prescottano '84 and Eileen Ryan Bianchi '84 attend the 
wedding of classmate Patty Lambert Shaw '84 in October 2002. 


will not get into as much trouble as his mother." 

Lisa Micalizzi-Etherington says, "I have worked, been 
married for almost 16 years, have one son and seven pets." 


Linda Simensky Mayer works part-time as a 
speech /language pathologist for the Palm Beach (FL) 
school system. Married for over six years, Linda has a 
daughter and a son. 


Dawne Burnham Mortenson is a clinical coordinator at 
the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She says, "I have 
enjoyed tremendous experiences and have before me 


Bari Schwartz Perales says "I am a stay-at-home mom 
and enjoy spending time with my two sons." 


"I'm going on my eighth year of selling real estate and 
find it as enjoyable as when I started," writes Lee 
Anderberg Brown. She is building a new house in South 
Londonderry near Stratton Mountain, plays as much tennis 
as possible and hikes with her retriever. 

Jennifer Barkhausen Nanke reports, T worked in 
numerous places, got a hairdresser license, married, and 

Catherine Gill is working as a custody consultant at 
Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston. She says, "All of my 

wonderful life experiences were made possible by the con- 
fidence that was fostered in me by the dedicated staff at 
Lasell (Joe Aieta and Ken Matheson to name a few)." 

Kristin Melone Lakacha is working at the Boston 
Copley Marriott and has "healthy twin girls." 

Jillian Peterson Hines writes, "Enjoy being able to stay 
home and raise my four kids. Still skiing and looking to 
play soccer again. It is hard to be in my 30's and trying to 
do all the things I did when I was 18. Hope you are all 

Michelle Strathie completed a Master's degree in men- 
tal health counseling and is working with the elderly. She 
lives in Hudson, MA. 


"I have been working for Verizon Communications for 
the past five years," writes Kristin Clisham Faivre. 
"Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95 hosted my baby shower 
and Branch Robinson attended." 

"Since graduation I have been enjoying life in so many 
ways," writes Brandi Robinson. "After working in human 
services, I made the switch to marketing. I am not married 
nor do I have any children but am just having fun daring 
until I meet Mr. Right." 


"Our 10th year reunion is coming up. Be sure and 
update your contact information. I'll be looking for you," 
writes Kristine Bell Smith. Kristine is the director of resi- 
dence life at Mount Ida College in Newton MA. "I 
absolutely love my job, and it is very near to good old 

Stephanie Kotsifas Karner has been living in Vermont 
for over six years. "We love being homeowners and spend 
all our spare time working in our garden or on renova- 
tions. As of now we have a cat and a dog. I would love to 
hear from old friends." 


For the past four year, Pamela Austin has been work- 
ing as a case manager and hospital liaison with the mental- 
ly ill population. She writes, "I am pursuing a Master's in 
social work and plan to graduate in May 2003." 

Jennifer Bergeron owns a business called 
Companionize It Inc., which creates quality-of-life 
enhancement products. 

Lorin Green handles quality assurance and some web 
development for the IT department of a financial firm. 

Debbie Lestch says, "I am on the Board of 
Management at Lasell and am on campus a lot. There are 
many great new changes since I left!" 

Shannon Muller moved to Dallas in 1996. 

Nobuko Migita says, "I have been teaching English in 
Japan since graduation. I get to meet different people every 
day. I also learn about the cultures of other countries 
through the teachers from around the world." 

Crystal Olson Petz worked for a nursing home, "but 
am currently raising my two children and expecting a 


Christiana Chamatsos was appointed early childhood 
director of the North Suburban Jewish Community Center 
in Peabody, MA. 

Heather Mulvihill has a B.A. in psychology and an 
M.S. in elementary education with a specialization in 
instructional technology. 

Nicole Positano White works for the Air Force as a 
hotel general manager. She says, "Jessica Bouvier '94 was 
a bridesmaid at my wedding." 

Mary Rocha Evans is assistant vice president and 
accounting manager in the finance department at the Cape 
Cod Bank and Trust. 

Kimberly Simpson is living in Virginia Beach and 
working in physical therapy but hopes to be back in Maine 

Jami Zaiatz Stebbins is a stay-at-home mom and "lov- 
ing every minute of it — from story hour at the library to 
swimming lessons and play dates with friends. Can't wait 
to add sports in the mix!" 


After living in Michigan for two years, Diana Brown 
Everhart is back in Massachusetts. 

Michelle Lane has a one-year-old daughter. 

Carta DiNatale Smith works in Wellesley, MA and 
bought a home in Milford. 

"My husband and I just bought our first home in 
Brockton MA, " says Barbara Ortega-Alicea. "We have a 
lot of work ahead of us, but are happy to have a piece of 
the American dream. Our daughter is enjoying our new 
backyard. Would love to hear from all of you." 


Julie Allen Clayton was recently welcomed to the 
Appletree Bay Physical Therapy practice in Colchester, VT. 
She is certified as a strength-training specialist and incor- 
porates this into her day-to-day life. Her recent purchases 
include a condo, puppy, kitten and motorcycle. 


Class Notes 

Since graduation Kim Brazil has been taking courses at 
U-Mass/ Boston part-time and working part-time. 

Michelle Miller Smith is an infant head teacher for 
Bright Horizons in South Plainfield, NJ. She is trying to 
start her own family daycare. 

Stacy Rawson Sheldon is working nights at the Lahey 
Clinic so "I can spend my days with my son." 

Carissa Templeton writes, "Planet Alumni (Lasell's 
online interactive community, 
is a great website. We should use it to keep in touch." 

"I work in an intensive care unit at a small community 
hospital and love it," says Lori Walker Maag. She also 
works as a consultant for a scrapbook-photo album compa- 
ny, helping people preserve their family memories. She 
and her husband own a condo in Oxford, MA. 


Rosa Andrade was one of 14 adults honored at the first 
Boston Peace Party held at the Harvard School of Public 
Health in October 2002 for her work as a youth outreach 
worker for the Cape Verdean community. Rosa also advo- 
cates for young people who are considered a danger to the 
community. She is working toward her Master's in social 
work at Boston College Graduate School. 

Heidi Kuchinsky is director of The Goddard School in 
Braintree (MA), a childcare center that serves children six 
weeks to six years." 

Julie McLaughlin works in the travel industry and is 

looking forward to going back to school part-time to earn a 
Bachelor's degree. 

Janna O'Brien is a teacher's aide in a special education 
program at Newton North High School and loves it. 



Aimee Abdallah is site director for the before-and 
after-school program at a local elementary school in New 
Hampshire. She is contemplating graduate studies in cre- 
ative writing and planning a move to Albuquerque, NM. 

Erin Andrews is going into her third year of teaching 
7th grade math and is looking forward to starting a 
Master's in education. She says, "I am still living in 
Brockton with my parents and brother, hoping to get my 
own place once I get out of school." 

"Work, work, work, " says Gina Cunha. 

Cathryn Metivier Forrest works for Educational 
Consultants in Waltham, MA, an agency that provides 
home- and school-based services to autistic children. 
Attendees at Cathryn's wedding in August included 
Andrea Beaulieu Eaton and Siobhan Smith '02. 
Amy Vinton says, "Since graduation I've been working for 
Milford Whitinsville Regional Hospital as a clinical rehab 

aide. I'm also working inpatient at the hospital as their first 


Jinette Dumont is working toward an MSW degree at 
the University of Michigan. She says, "I am interested in 
working with immigrants and refugees in an assisted-liv- 
ing community. 


Gustavo Batista is working at Cherokee Foods as a 
trainee for the director of international relations. 

"Congratulations Class of 2002," says Tracy Cameron. 

Regarding her status as a graduate student in social 
work at Simmons College, Shelby Derissaint writes, "I 
have great professors who really care about teaching, and 
the students are competitive but helpful. The program is 
great. I look forward to finishing school." 

"Hey guys, we can always keep in touch," says Lawens 

Carrie Trombley works in the children's department at 
a bookstore in Manchester, VT but says, "I plan to teach 
next year after the craziness of my first married year ends." 
She and her husband moved into a new apartment and are 
busy setting it up. 



Constance Wilbur '46 to Fred Starr in June 2002 

June Valter '58 to Philip Harding on August 14, 2002 

Brenda Sherman '69 to Charles Baer on June 6, 1999 

Susan Wysocki '71 to John Richardson in July 2001 

Jill Blanchard '85 to Matthew Sommer on July 5, 2002 

Denise Lines '85 to Daniel Sullivan on March 16, 2002 

Jill Fucci '89 to Adam Spell in November 1999 

Susan Mainieri '94 to Peter Rossignol 

Nicole Positano '96 to Jonathan White on June 16, 2002 

Mary Rocha '96 to Henry Evans on September 11, 1999 

Jami Zaiata '96 to Eric Stebbins in July 1999 

Diana Brown Everhart '97 on January 2, 1999 

Carla DiNatale Smith '97 on May 18, 2002 

Christine Zannino '97 to Domenic DeSantis on June 23, 2002 

Michelle Miller Smith '98 on May 26, 2001 

Sonia Provost '98 to Brian Emanuelson on June 8, 2002 

Stacy Rawson '98 to Stephen Sheldon on September 11, 1999 

Jessica Rudolph '98 to Jason Curtis on July 13, 2002 

Lori Walker '98 to Kenneth Maag on November 3, 2001 

Wendy Christensen '99 to Brian Berkeley on August 11, 2001 

Rosalie Vidal Perez '99 in July 99 

Cathryn Metivier '00 to James Forrest on August 2, 2002 

Angela Pelletier '00 to Ronald Vachon II on July 23, 2000 

Amy Bronson '01 to Mathew Christy on July 20, 2002 

Kellee Cormier '02 to Michael Miller on August 18, 2002 

Carrie Trombley '02 to Milton Gardner III on October 19, 


Aimee Goodwin to Scott Abbotts (men's varsity volleyball 

coach) on June 15, 2002 


Colleen Darois Cleaves '88, a daughter, Alanna Rose, on 

April 28, 2002 

Susan Wahlberg Morch '88, a daughter, Emily, on April 6, 


Jill Fucci Spell '89, a son, in November 2000 

Kristin Clisham Faivre '93, a son, in October 2001 

Jennifer Mullin Casella '94, a daughter, Brooke Isabella, on 

July 19, 2002 

Kristine Dalton Walker '95, a son, Zach, on January 29, 2002 

Kimberly Simpson '96 in October 2001 

Jami Zaiata Stebbins '96, a son, in May 2000 

Heidi Kuchinsky '99, a daughter, in 2000 


Constance Allen Moyer Dunbar '18 on October 9, 2002 

Mildred Whyte Goddard '25 on December 18, 2002 

Eleanor Kennedy Blanchard '27 

Prudence Christy Johnson '29 

Isabelle "Belle" Daggett Wilson '29 on January 4, 2003 

Marion Simpson Lunt '29 on July 30, 2002 

C. Camille Williams Harvey '30 on June 30, 2002 

Natalie Park '32 on October 15, 2002 

Barbara Stanley Ulrich '32 on January 17, 2003 

Mary Buckley Whelan '36 on July 31, 2002 

Europa Harris Sherburne '36 on April 19, 2002 

Marian Mapes Duncan '36 on July 14, 2002 

Meredith Johnson French '37 on October 9, 2002 

Marie Bruns Dodge '38 on October 1, 2002 

Mary Frigge Teschner '38 on November 1, 2002 

Elizabeth "Betty" Jackson Dunning '38 on January 12, 2003 

Elizabeth McCausland Jewell '38 on August 4, 2002 

B. Lee Shepard Wilgus '38 on January 3, 2003 

Muriel Blackwood Spofford '39 on July 7, 2002 

Mary Hale Shaner '41 

Mary Makes O'Connell '41 on July 23, 2002 

Betty Sayles Davis '41 in June 2002 

Shirley Dawson '42 in 2002 

Shirley Egglefield Royal '42 in February 2001 

Margaret Homan Kreter '42 on September 20, 2002 

Dorothy Quilty Flynn '42 on September 13, 2002 

Barbara Birch Manning '43 on November 5, 2002 

Jane Norwell Chamberlain '43 on March 21, 2001 

Barbara Scott Wilson '43 on November 21, 2002 

Elaine "Bunny" Curtiss-Dillon '44 on January 10, 2003 

Anne Fisher Stewart '44 on January 25, 2003 

Sarah Hitchon Peck '44 

Priscilla Perley Kerans '44 on November 10, 2002 

Shirley Frank Kerner '45 in March 2002 

Arlene Dutt Mason '46 on November 15, 2002 

Eleanor Lincoln Cosgrove '46 on November 6, 2002 

Michelle Hires '48 

Carolyn McLay Holden '48 on January 6, 2003 

Jean Gilmore Cook '49 on October 28, 2002 

Laura Eckert Gatto '50 on September 28, 2002 

Norma Appleyard '51 

Marjorie Cushing Gershaw '51 on September 29, 2002 

Janet Wyman Meade '51 on October 26, 2002 

Janet Woodward Powers '51 on May 16, 2002 

Jeanne Christiansen Lucas '53 

Helen Pearlstein Golden '53 on October 9, 2002 

Isabel Paolillo McCarthy '53 on October 11, 2002 

Margaret Tomlinson Morrow '55 on June 6, 2002 

Joan Descheneaux Ormsby '56 on September 21, 2002 

Mary Lou Reich Payne '57 on June 20, 2002 

Carol Santurjian Former '60 on October 2, 2002 

Pauline Sarrazin Addison '61 on October 20, 2002 

Mary Louise Herbert Shute '63 in March 1997 

Nina Dotterer '64 

Laura Lappin Gallagher '66 on November 9, 2002 

Anne Williams Genock '67 on September 3, 2002 

Leslie Muenzberg Neidhardt '73 on October 8, 2002 

Amy Bernstone Cowan '78 

Jane Anderson '78 on July 30, 2002 

Bonnie Boyden '78 on July 19, 2002 

Virginia Louise Tribou "Miss Tri" (former faculty) on 
January 22, 2003 

Class Notes 


Lasell Chorus Makes Its Debut 

capacity on December 12, in anticipation of the inaugural performance of the Lasell 
Chorus, which has been generously funded by Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36. The four 
Chorus members who performed were Alison Patricia Dube '06, Elizabeth Ann Landon '06, 
Tiffany Lee Pidacks '06, and Sylvie Helena Norian '06. 

Professor Ivana Pinho, Chorus director, had 
planned a program of holiday music which the 
students had been rehearsing diligently through- 
out the semester. As the first carol strains rang 
out, smiles appeared and soon residents' voices 
joined those of the chorus. Besides singing such 
favorites as "Jingle Bells," the Chorus also per- 
formed "Peace I Leave With You," which is 
based on a canon by Mozart, and an American 
spiritual entitled "This Little Light of Mine." 

As the program concluded, there was much 
applause. One Lasell House resident was heard 
to say, "Oh, that was wonderful, I just wish it 
could have gone on longer." The performance 
clearly gave everyone an enormous amount of 
pleasure and had sprinkled holiday joy through- 
out the group. 

During the fall semester, Chorus rehearsals 
were held once a week from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
The students who sang received no academic 

credit but participated because music is a passion 
for them. For the spring term, rehearsals have 
been moved to the afternoon and the group is 
working on their Commencement performance. **- 


After their performance, the Lasell Chorus stood with their 
appreciative audience. 

Lasell in Top 20 
for Commitment to 
Community Service 

In a PxECent report that ranks 

colleges according to percentage of work- 
study funds allocated to community ser- 
vice, Lasell was listed in the top 20 in 
Massachusetts. This is an affirmation of the 
emphasis Lasell places on its connected 
learning programming. 

Not only is the College dedicated to the suc- 
cessful incorporation of service to others through 
course-based projects, a service-based residence 
hall, a service scholarship program, and other 
initiatives, it also invests significantly in commu- 
nity service through its federal Work-Study 
Program, in which students earn aid through 
community service. 

"To be ranked number 19 in Massachusetts, 
in a report issued by the federal Corporation for 
National and Community Service, is an affirma- 
tion of our development as a leading service- 
learning institution in higher education," says Vice 
President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow. **• 

New Alliances 
Enhance Yamawaki 

Art and Cultural Center this year as a 
result of several new alliances that have 
been formed. 

In November, the New England Opera Club 
presented a program that honored Gian Carlo 
Menotti, who recently turned 90. Among Maestro 
Menotti's works is the television opera Amahl and 
the Night Visitors, which has been seen by more 
people worldwide than any other opera. 

An agreement has also been entered into with 
the Suzuki School of Newton, Inc., in which 
Yamawaki became the site for a series of three 
chamber music concerts. The first was in January 
and featured Emmanuael Feldman on cello, Pas- 
calle Delache-Feldman on double bass, and Joy 
Cline-Phinney playing piano. In March, faculty 
members of the Suzuki School gave a concert. 
The third concert will be held in May. 

The Suzuki School is no stranger to the Lasell 
Community, as it is involved with the Village in 
presenting musical functions which have brought 
multi-generational musicians and music lovers 
together in performance and learning. To have 
music become an integral part of both the Village 
and Yamawaki has added another welcomed 
dimension to the College's life. **■ 

SPRING 2003 


Gallery Hosts 
Steven Bellew 

for a photography exhibit by Steven 
Bellew titled, "Landscapes & Travels in 
Turkey" was held on February 9, 2003. 
Mr. Bellew's photographic career began 
in 1960 with the publication of an article 
in the National Geographic Society edu- 
cational journal. Long fascinated with 
landscapes, his photographs translate 
his respect and concern for the natural 
world. His work has appeared at the 
University of California at Berkeley, and 
in local Sierra Club publications. He has 
also received a grant from the America 
the Beautiful Foundation. 

Former trustee Carole K. Bellew '65 and her brother, photographer 
Steven Bellew, at his exhibit opening. 




Fashion Students' Work 
Displayed in Boston City Hall 

by storm when their pieces were part of a display in its lobby this October. "An invitation 
was extended to Lasell to be part of an exhibit to promote Fashion Week in Boston/' 
explains Assistant Professor Joan Morris. "Four other schools participated and there was 
a total of 15 garments. 

"We were thrilled about the opportunity to 
promote both Lasell's fashion program and the 
work of the three students, Carla Mercurio '03, 
Thitima Sorakraikitikul '03, and Laura Miller '03. 
Carla' s dress is a draping design while Thitima 
and Laura's pieces are based on their ethnic back- 
ground but put into modern day design for a 
general market," Joan explains. "All three are 
quite unusual." 

Thitima, who is from Thailand, used the 
traditional pants that Americans are familiar 
with from the The King and I, as her inspiration. 
"I received the assignment when I was taking 
Technical Pattern last spring. The pants were very 
difficult, as they have no side seams. I used a 
very soft linen for them and the top, and 
the belt and the scarf are in a contrasting silk/' 
she explains. 

Like all senior fashion design majors, Thitima 
is currently at work on her senior collection, 
which will be shown at the spring fashion show. 
"My designs have a gypsy theme. They are color- 
ful and consist of many pieces. I brought the fab- 
ric with me from Thailand. I want to challenge 
myself and hope to start my own business in 

Bangkok once I graduate from Lasell." 

Laura Miller researched her family history and 
discovered she had some Swiss ancestry, which 
she decided to apply to her Technical Pattern eth- 
nic design assignment. "Switzerland made me 
think of the traditional folk dirndl, which I mod- 
ernized and did over as an evening dress in silver 
satin. I used the lacing which is typical of the 
dirndl on the front bodice and hand painted snow 
at the base of the skirt to depict the Swiss Alps." 

For her senior collection, Laura is putting 
together 15 bridal gowns and five flower girl 
dresses. With the encouragement of faculty mem- 
ber Elie Honein, a leading Boston photographer 
/graphic designer, she will also be having her 
own show at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA, making 
for a very busy senior spring. 

Unlike Laura and Thitima, Carla Mercurio '03 
picked a dress for the City Hall exhibit that she 
had done for her last year's Draping class. "I 
enjoy making patterns by seeing how a fabric 
falls. I find it more creative and I'm inspired 
more by the fabric than by anything else," 
says Carla. 

It took Carla a half semester to complete the 

The Lasell students' pieces on display. 

dress that was exhibited at City Hall. "I had seen 
the fabric and when the draping project came up, 
I went right to the store and bought it," she says. 
The material is a printed plaid raw silk. With it, 
she created a fullskirted evening dress with lacing 
down the sides. 

Like all her fashion design cohorts, Carla is 
busy at work this semester on her senior collec- 
tion. "I'm hoping to have 12 pieces when I'm 
done, all of which will be evening and resort 
wear. I'll be using silks, laces, and bright colors." 

At the end of spring semester, these three 
seniors will have the pieces that were exhibited 
at City Hall in their portfolio, as well as their 
completed collections. By any standard, they will 
be well prepared for starting off on their fashion 
careers. **- 

Fashion Honors Students Head to Gettysburg 

.Tour fashion honors students packed their bags and headed to 

Gettysburg, VA this March for the spring conference of the Northeast Region of the 
National Collegiate Honors Council (NE-NCHC). 

"Having their presentation proposal titled, 
'Clothing as Text: Conservation and Preservation 
of Historical Qothing' accepted was a great 
accomplishment for these women," said Steven 
Bloom, dean for the School of Arts and Sciences 
and director of the Honors Program. 

NE-NCHC is an organization of students, 
faculty, and administrators dedicated to the 
encouragement and support of undergraduate 
honors learning. The NE-NCHC provides its 
members with opportunities for the exchange 
of information, ideas, and assistance through its 
annual conference, its newsletter, and its Sleeping 
Bag Seminars. 

"The conference environment was enriching 
and the students' presentation showcased Lasell's 
unique fashion program. We are very grateful 
to Trustees Priscilla Glidden and Sally Andrews, 
and Overseer Robin Parry for the funding which 
made our participation possible," Steven 
Bloom continued. 

The four who attended the conference, Maura 
McCarthy '03, Carla Mercurio '03, Melissa Pante 
'03, and Caitlin Zmayefski '03, were all honors 
students in Professor Jill Carey's History of 20th 
Century Fashion class and worked for a year 
researching and designing an on-campus costume 
laboratory for the Goodwill Collection, which 
contains approximately 500 pieces of clothing and 
accessories of historical significance. They also 
met with curators from the Museum of Fine 
Arts and the Quincy Historical Society to discuss 
the techniques these institutions use to preserve 
their collections. 

"We prepared a PowerPoint presentation 
that gave an overview of what we learned about 
conservation and preservation," explains Carla 
Mercurio. "It also enabled us to display materials 
critical to the conservation of historical garments 
and showed how the Honors Program at Lasell 
provided a means for us to strengthen our work 
in our major." 

Left to right: Melissa Pante '03, Maura McCarthy '03, Carla 
Mercurio '03, and Caitlin Zmayefski '03 stand with the 
pieces they took to Gettysburg. 

The theme of the conference was "Civil War: 
Many Battles, Many Stories" and the students 
took two dresses from the 1860's with them. 
"One was a woman's day dress and the other a 
child's dress and they were both excellent 

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SPRING 2003 


Director of Annual 
Giving Noni Linton 

The faithful donors who make their gifts 
every year, increasing them as they are able, are 
the foundation of this program, making it possi- 
ble for Lasell to provide funds for such programs 
as library resources, student financial aid, acade- 
mic and athletic programs, and a great deal more. 
In fact, 767 donors (32% of the total) were desig- 
nated as Lasell STARS in the Lasell College 
Report from the President for the 2001-2002 year 
because of their conscientious giving for 10 or 
more consecutive years. This is a truly wonderful 
achievement in a year that was filled with 
fundraising challenges. 

This year we are counting on our STARS and 
all of our faithful donors to help us reach another 
milestone total. Helping us in this effort are the 
alumni who serve as Reunion Coordinators/ 
Liaisons /Agents, contacting their classmates and 
urging them to come back to Lasell for Reunion 

Message from the 
Director of Annual Giving 

will close on what we hope will be the 12th consecutive year of 
record-breaking increases in the amount raised in support of annual 
unrestricted operating expenses. 

Weekend to see for themselves that Lasell is a 
wonderful College today. Those who return are 
invariably impressed with the new buildings, 
the thoughtful landscaping around new and old 
buildings, and the magnificent renovations to 
Winslow Hall which now serves the academic 
community so well with its state-of-the-art 
high-technology classrooms, faculty offices, 
and meeting spaces. 

Please consider joining our Lasell STARS by 
making a gift this year. And come for a visit if 
you have not been to Lasell recently. **• 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 

Make it Simple, 
Make it Fast ... 
Giving Online 

Don't write a check. 
Don't pull out your wallet. 

Just log on to Lasell's Online Com- 
munity at http*7/, 
scroll down to Online Donations on 
the bottom right, click on current cam- 
paigns, and voila, you'll see the Annual 
Fund. Click on donate to this campaign 
and you're in... you're golden... and 
we're more than grateful for your 
much-needed support. Don't forget, 
making an online donation is safe, 
secure, and just as tax-deductible as 
making a gift by mail. Thanks for 
supporting Lasell! 

Phonathon Rises to the Challenge 

College Phonathon has certainly kept up its momentum into the spring. Much of the dri- 
ving force behind the student phoners is derived from the generosity of one alumna, Joan 
Howe Weber '51, who has agreed to match all new gifts and all gift increases to the 
Annual Fund up to $25,000 for this fiscal year. Fittingly deemed the Weber Challenge, 
student Annual Fund representatives enjoy informing Lasell's alumni of this extra incen- 
tive to support their alma mater. 

From left to right: Alexa Goscinski '05, James "JD" Duguay '05, 
and Heather Ely '04 talk about the Weber Challenge with alumni. 

Phonathon Captain Allison Blackmore '03 real- 
izes the unique opportunities the Challenge pro- 
vides as she prepares for her graduation in May. 
Having worked for the Phonathon during her 
entire tenure at Lasell, Allison feels that "the 
Weber Challenge invokes a sense of spirit among 
the alumni, and it truly shows that their money 
supports a familiar cause while benefiting the 
future alumni of Lasell, like myself." 

Senior Annual Fund representative James 



examples of designs that were popular at the 
time," says Caitlin Zmayefski. 

"I'm so pleased that the hard work and 
effort that these students have put into this 
project was recognized and that they were 
given the opportunity to display their 
research," says Professor Jill Carey, who 
worked intensely with them. "They have a 
real passion for what they are doing and 
they have provided Lasell with a depth of 
knowledge regarding conservation issues." **■ 

Nason '05 details some of the many ways that 
Lasell and the Annual Fund can capitalize on this 
Challenge. "Even those alumni who have never 
previously supported Lasell financially seem to 
be impressed with the appeal a matched gift pro- 

Assistant Director of Annual Giving and 
Phonathon Supervisor Lee Goldstein compares 
this year's Phonathon with the results of those 
previous. "There is a noticeable increase in the 
revenue this Challenge provides, not limited only 
to alumni donations and participation, but also 
highlighted in the student phoners' morale. This 
Challenge is an attainable goal and it benefits all." 

Aside from the Weber Challenge, the 
Phonathon continues to reconnect Lasell's past 
with the students of today. Alexa Goscinski '05, 
Senior Annual Fund Representative, sums it up 
during this, her fourth semester of phoning. "I 
always get a kick out of how excited some alums 
get when they realize that a student from Lasell 
is calling. They relate stories about their experi- 
ence at Lasell, and sometimes you don't even 
realize that you have been on the phone with 
them 20 minutes!" 

The hard-working students combined with the 
generosity of alumni and friends have allowed the 
Phonathon to rise to the Challenge. **■ 



children were ecstatic and the women were 
so appreciative! 

"What has impressed me this semester is the 
great feeling I get when I do something for 
other people," Tanya continues. Missy Aiello '03, 
a Human Services major, concurs. She is work- 
ing at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club in 

Newton, MA where she is involved with six- to 
10-year-old children. "My internship has con- 
vinced me that I want to do community work 
after I graduate," Missy says. 

Clearly the learning experiences of Lasell 
interns run the gamut. Each student contributes 
an enormous amount of time and energy to 
their internship and for their efforts each is 
rewarded in a different way. **• 

SPRING 2003 




From the Director 
of Alumni Affairs... 

Dear Alumni: 

The buzz is starting to build and phone 
calls and emails are going back and forth 
among classmates making plans to come back 
for Reunion Weekend, May 16-18, 2003. Many 
of you have been to reunions before and dis- 
covered that there can be real magic in revisit- 
ing your past. 

Reunion class coordi- 
nators have talked to 
someone from each of 
the residence halls when 
you lived on campus 
and we are trying to put 
everyone in touch with a 

I"""^ ^F classmate. If you know 

of a classmate who has 
lost contact with Lasell 
and would like to be a 
part of Reunion, please 
contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243- 
2139 or 

Thanks to all of you for being such active, 
engaged alumni. Your presence at Lasell 
enriches us all. So, please stay in touch with 
us. We look forward to hosting you on cam- 
pus during Reunion Weekend. Thanks! 


Karen Gill, Director of 
Alumni Affairs 

Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

P.S. Do you have ideas or suggestions? 
Email me at 


Alumni Trip to London Is a Smashing Success 

Sally Kemp Scammon, and June Economos, a Lasell Village resident, were the first to par- 
ticipate in an Alumni Association sponsored overseas trip. London was their destination 
and the group departed on November 14. "The trip was very well done," enthuses Anne. 
"I'd never been out of the country before and I would happily go on another Lasell adven- 
ture. It was smashing, and I only had to get out my umbrella once!" 

Anne and Sally met their freshman year in a 
Lasell music class and that was the beginning of 
a long friendship. "Our lives have been inter- 
twined since college. We used to live two streets 
away from each other, our children are the same 
ages, and we taught at the same school for five 
years. It was wonderful to be able to take this 
trip together," says Sally. "Every day was filled 
with new and interesting sights and experiences. 
We were so happy and excited to be there. 

"We did everything possible," Sally continues, 
"including learning how to use the London Tube 
and which way to look when you cross the street. 
We went on the London Eye, the millennium fer- 
ris wheel, and the views from it were breathtak- 
ing. We could see the Buckingham Palace gates 
shining in the sun. There's so much history and 
the architecture is so beautiful, we just wished we 
had more time." 

"I told my kindergartners that I was going to 
see the queen and she was actually in when we 
visited Windsor Castle," recalls Anne. "When I 
showed the class a picture of me standing next to 
Elizabeth that was taken at Madame Tussaud's 
wax museum, I really had them fooled. While we 
were having the photo taken, I kept wishing that 
my daughter, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Rollins Clough 
'84) was with me, as I always told her that she 
was named after the queen. 

"The other picture I had to have taken was for 
my son. He's a Beatles' fan and I wanted him to 

see me crossing Abbey Road. When I got back he 
laughed because unbeknownst to me, I had 
crossed it the opposite way from the Beatles. 

"I was just grateful to get across!" exclaims 

The tour took in everything from St. Paul's 
Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament, and in the 
evenings there were pub dinners and a theatre 
performance. "I am thankful for the opportunity 
that Lasell made available to us," says Sally. "My 
daughter Debbie Haven graduated from Lasell in 
1980 and I hope she too will take advantage of all 
that the College offers. There's so much there for 
so many people." **• 

Anne Sutherland Rollins '60 and Sally Kemp Scammon '60 
aboard the London Eye. 


Are you a Florida snowbird? Please give us your address so that we 
can send you an invitation to events. 

Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional 
Advancement staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all 
class years at Lasell gatherings. If s a chance to meet and network with other 

alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest information 
about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 if 
you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. The office creates 
and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed is to help make some 
follow-up phone calls. 

MAX '03 

Friday — Sunday 

Auburndale, MA 

at Lasell College Campus 


SI Sunday 

Cape Cod, MA 

Woods Hole Golf & Country Club 


w| Saturday 

Connecticut Valley 


New York City 

lj Saturday 
West Orange, NJ 

Boston Harbor - In October, the Lasell 
College Leadership Donors set sail on a 
three hour cruise around Boston Harbor 
and saw this wonderful vista of the city 
upon returning to the dock. 

New York City alumni enjoyed brunch in 
Manhattan while hearing from Social 
Studies Assistant Professor Sidney 
Trantham (front right). Brunch was fol- 
lowed by a matinee of The Producers. 

Cape Cod alumni learned about Lasell 
Village from Dean Paula Panchuck at the 
Hyannis Yacht Club. 

Some Connecticut Valley alums were able 
to hear what's happening at Lasell from 
the students' point of view when Troy 
Wall '05 joined them at lunch. 



SPRING 2003 


Lasell Online Community 

In an ongoing effort to keep our alumni 

constituency involved in the life of Lasell College/ we have imported 
the records from our database into our Online Community. Almost 
700 of you have signed up and we want to have everyone else in the 
system so we can communicate and interact with each other. 

If you have attended any alumni events this past year, please log in, go 
to Reunions /Events, click the event you attended under past events, and 
then click photos. 

If you are already a member of the community, thanks for helping our 
community grow! We want to ask that you now go to your profile page 
to be sure your information is accurate and up to date. Please go to, log in and then click on the "edit personal 
info" link located on the left side of the page to access your profile 

If you are new to the community then you can log in NOW following 
these simple instructions: 

Steps to join the online community: 

• Go to 

• Click on the "Login" link located on the left side of the page 

• Click on the link that says "If you have received a temporary 
login and password from your community, you may log in by 
clicking here. " 

• Enter your temporary username and password as instructed on 
the screen 

• Complete the registration fields and then you are ready to start 
interacting in the community! 

Community features include: 

• Email forwarding for life 

• Member directories, message boards & real-time chats 

• Online clubs and mentoring 

• Networking, business card exchange & job listings 

• Donations online 

• Reunion planning and event calendars, and photo albums 

• Downloadable "Lasell Leaves" and other publications 

We also understand that you may not wish to be listed in Lasell's Online 
Community and /or receive messages from Lasell and you certainly have the 
option to be removed. Simply reply back to this message with "Please 
remove me from Online Community" in the subject line and we will do so. 

We hope you enjoy the Lasell Online Community experience! **• 


Back By 

Glee Club singers and anyone else who wants to sing. We 
invite you to join your classmates in the sing-a-long segment 
of the program at the Saturday evening concert with the New 
Philharmonia Orchestra on May 17, 2003, at 8:00 p.m. If you 
are interested, please call (617) 243-2139. 

Reunion Weekend, May 16-18, 2003 

Reunion Coordinators for 2003 



Alumni Office 



Alumni Office 



Arlene Wishart Sylvester 



Priscilla Spence Hall 



Judy Tracy Shanahan 



Elsie Knaus Klemt 



Betty Anderson Fairchild 



Karin Skooglund Bartow 



Cindy Rardin Crawford 



Jane Ferraro Klugman 



Libby Edwards de Verges 



Caroline Knoener-Skowronek 



Susan Scichilone Presti 



Tracey Provost Downs 



Urit Chaimovitz 


All alumni are invited to attend Alumni Weekend '03, 
especially those whose graduation year ends in "8" or "3." 

For more info: Click on Reunions/Events. 

Or, call (617) 243-2139. 



Contact the 
Alumni Affairs office at: 

1884 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 or email us 

Where are our Alumni? 

We would like to increase atten- 
dance at various alumni events and 

look to you to offer suggestions 
and ideas about what you would 
like from your alma mater. We try 

to offer events that are social in 
nature, but also have an education- 
al component. Please share your 
thoughts by contacting us. 



SPRING 2003 





Village Sponsors Series 

on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle 

a series of programs called "Here's to Good Health: Tools for Well-Being" that 
focused on the multiple dimensions of health care and wellness in later life. 
"Through lectures, exhibits, and educational workshops, the series explored physio- 
logical changes and lifestyle topics with an emphasis on maintaining a healthy 
lifestyle, an active mind, and independent living for as long as possible," explained 
Village Dean Paula Panchuck. 

Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC-TV's medical editor, 
spoke at the inaugural lecture: "Health Care: Past, 
Present and Future." Other segments in the series 
focused on a wide variety of subjects including 
managing vision loss, ergonomics, nutrition, and 
spirituality and health. In addition, Dr. Lillian 
Glickman from the Massachusetts Executive 
Office of Elder Affairs spoke about challenges 
in long-term care. 

"We are always thinking about how we can 
make life for elders vital," says Dean Panchuck. 
"We want to learn how they learn and what 
accommodations need to be made for them. We 
also want to keep our residents updated on cur- 
rent health information that empowers them to 
make appropriate choices in their personal care." 

A highlight of the series was a 
conference titled "Elderlearning: New Par- 
adigms and Innovative Models," that was 
held on January 9 in de Witt Hall. Out- 
side speakers included Dr. Lois Lamdin, a writer 
and consultant in adult and nontraditional educa- 
tion, and Nancy Merz Nordstrom, director of the 
Elderhostel Institute Network Program which 
combines learning and travel. 

Dr. Lamdin spoke about retirement as the 
beginning of an intellectual journey. "For a long 
time," she explained, "no one paid attention to 
elder learners and why they were learning. But 
now, as we interview adult learners, we find that 
not only do they have an active intellect, but they 
also want to communicate about their learning. 

Professors Steven Bloom, Linda Bucci, and Joseph Aieta share a laugh 
with Villagers at the Elderlearning Conference. 

What we hear from them are statements such as 
"Learning is the most important thing in my life, 
it keeps me active.'" 

At the afternoon session of the conference, 
Professors Joseph Aieta, Steven Bloom and Linda 
Bucci spoke about their classroom perspectives on 
elder learning. "They are a committed group who 
have chosen to be in class, and learning is their 
goal," commented Steven Bloom. The conference 
and the entire series confirmed that curiosity and 
the maintenance of intellectual pursuits are char- 
acteristics of older learners. **• 

Villagers and Sixth Graders 
Share Spirited Book Discussions 

Ihe sounds of young voices and sneakered feet 

could be heard this February in the halls of the Village as a class of 
sixth graders from the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA arrived for 
the second of four book discussions. All the books are Newbury 
medal winners and are part of the students' curriculum. 

The Villagers who participate in these intergen- 
erational book talks, and who eagerly joined the 
students outside the Village ballroom, had all 
signed up this fall to be included in the sessions. 
"If s part of a project to research attitudes on 
aging" explained Dean Paula Panchuck, "the the- 
ory being that exposure adapts attitude. 

"In October, when the sixth graders responded 
to the sentence completion research question, T 
think older people are...,' some of the answers I 
received were: 'They're kind, wise, friendly and 
nice,' 'Older people are fun and cool!' and 
"They're serious, happy, jokers!' Clearly this 
group of 12 year olds has a very high opinion of 
elders, so I'm not sure how different their 
answers will be by the last session, but it will be 
interesting to see if there is a difference in their 
thinking," said Dean Panchuck. 

With enough Villagers, students, and teachers 
participating to form three separate groups, it 
took no time at all for discussions to begin. The 

February book was 
The Giver by Lois 
Lowry, a story that 
takes place in a con- 
trolled environment 
where memory 
doesn't exist and 
decisions are made 
externally for the 

The issue of personal freedom concerned both 
students and Villagers alike who together agreed 
with a student who stated, "I think that in 
today's society we're being asked to give up 
a lot of our freedoms." 

"I can remember a time when you didn't need 
to lock your door," said Villager Harriet Kaplan. 
"Now, not only are we very careful about that, 
but we're videotaped in stores and even our con- 
versations can be monitored." 

"Here at the Village, we certainly live in a 

(Left to right) Lincoln School teacher Linda Pearlman joins Villagers Harriet Kaplan, Mollie 
Wilson, and Lillian Kaplan in a spirited discussion with her sixth grade class. 

controlled environment," continued Mollie Wilson. 
"Our meals are made for us, our paths are shov- 
eled, and our garbage is taken out, but unlike the 
book's characters, we can decide what we do or 
do not wish to participate in." 

As more thought-provoking questions were 
introduced, both generations continued to con- 
tribute and share their thoughts. Clearly everyone 
was enjoying the interaction, and when the group 
broke up, all were looking forward to the next 
two meetings. **• 



SPRING 2003 



Former Congressman and Peace Activist 
Father Robert F. Drinan Addresses Lasell Village 

Georgetown University, spoke to a packed audience at Lasell Village on Sunday, February 16. 
His topic was, "A Preemptive Strike against Iraq: Will We Have a Better, Safer World?" The 
Lasell Villagers for Peace sponsored the talk. Father Drinan answered questions following 
the speech. 

Father Drinan served as a Democratic representative from Massachusetts in Congress from 1971 until 
1981, when Pope John Paul II ordered him to choose between politics and the priesthood. An outspoken 
progressive in politics, Father Drinan had been elected in opposition to the war in Vietnam. He is the for- 
mer dean of Boston College Law School and a longtime peace activist. 

He has taught at Oxford University; at the law schools of the University of Colorado, the University 
of Michigan, New York University, Boston College, the University of Texas, Swarthmore College, and 
Andover-Newton Theological Seminary. 

Father Drinan remains a leading voice in the movement for human rights, and has served with People 
for the American Way, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Bread for the World, and the Council 
for a Livable World Educational Fund. He was a founding member of the Lawyers' Alliance for Nuclear 
Arms Control and the National Inter-religious Task Force on Soviet Jewry. He has also been an officer of 
Americans for Democratic Action, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NAACP Legal Defense 
Fund. **■ 


Jean Michael Petersen '39 and her son, Wayne 
Petersen, noted field ornithologist and co-author 
of Birds of New England. Peterson held a well- 
attended series of three lectures at the Village 
which he accompanied with beautiful slides. 
Throughout his career, he has led trips and tours, 
lectured, and conducted birding workshops 
across North America. 

CBS Early Show Features Lasell Village 

Thursday, September 19, to tape a segment on the unique living and learning retirement 
community at Lasell Village. The Village was featured on the CBS program on Friday, 


September 27, because of its stature as the first- 

"When the fall term started this year and we 
went down to the bookstore to see what we 
would need, it was so exciting," Villager Helen 
Wasserman said into the camera. "I said to my 
husband, 'Look, isn't this wonderful? Here we 
are back in a college setting.'" 

"If I had opted to just play golf I would feel 
that I'm stagnating" responded husband Aaron 
Wasserman. "I would find that boring." 

"We don't have to take the finals and midterm 
exams," Helen Wasserman explained in the TV 
segment. "We do have to participate and we do 
sometimes have to write some papers." 

The voice-over in the segment says, "Helen 
Wasserman is taking a class this semester in 
Readings in Multicultural Literature. She says if s 
been very positive. At the last class they took, 
they had several students thank them for being in 
their class." 

"We have tapped into a groundswell of 
demand for a different kind of retiring," Presi- 
dent Tom de Witt told the video crew. "And to 
some extent, we did not know that. My instinct 
told me, T can't believe I want retire and do 

"The difference between living here and living 
elsewhere is a respect for and interest in continu- 
ous learning and being engaged with young peo- 
ple," Dr. de Witt continued in the segment. "Our 
elderly will say one — they want the learning. 
They want the opportunity to learn, to do the 
things they've always wanted to do. Two — they 

of -its kind educational retirement community, 
do believe that they give something back." 

"Lasell's focus of 'living and learning' at Lasell 
Village is its defining characteristic," says Village 
Dean, Paula Panchuck. "Village residents are 
required to plan and satisfy a continued learning 
program as a condition of residency. Villagers 


complete a minimum of 450 hours of learning 
activity each calendar year — more than an hour 
a day — to the extent they are physically and 
intellectually able," she explains. Read the full 
transcript of the TV segment on the Lasell Village 
Web site, at **• 

Scheduled for occupancy in April, the luxurious new Lasell Village building contains nine apartments as well as 
office space for the Center for Research on Aging. 

SPRING 2003 






Melville was crafting his now classic novel, Moby Dick, Verdi was composing his beloved opera Rigoletto 
in Venice, and Charles Darwin was studying the origin of the species. 

It was in this era of intense change, more than 
a century-and-a-half ago, that Lasell College was 
founded in an imposing building that stood high 
atop a hill overlooking the beautiful surroundings 
of Auburndale. 


The building, later named Bragdon Hall, in 
honor of Dr. Charles C. Bragdon, principal for 34 
years, was the original College building — the 
home and classroom of many Lasell alumnae for 
whom the building came to symbolize their cher- 
ished memories of growth into adulthood at Lasell. 

Sadly, for all who knew and loved Bragdon, it 
had to be razed in 1973 because of irreversible, 
age-related structural problems. 

But Bragdon is rising again. Today, thanks to a 
$5 million mini-campaign recently launched by 
the College, the hill upon which Bragdon once 
stood has been reconfigured to serve as home for 
Bragdon II, a handsome 60-bed residence hall 
designed to sustain the College's aggressive 
investment in the academic infrastructure and 

support the ongoing growth in enrollment. 


The "Campaign for Bragdon" represents Phase 
I of an ambitious three-part building project, vital 
in supporting the growth of Lasell. The site will 
eventually include a new campus center (with a 
coffeehouse, bookstore, post office, and meeting 
rooms for student organizations), as well as 
another 60-bed residence hall. 

It is the $5 million mini-campaign that will 
provide the financial resources necessary to build 
the new Bragdon. The Bragdon Hill Academic 
Quadrangle, when completed, will feature a beau- 
tifully landscaped outdoor meeting space as well 
as underground parking that will accommodate 
some 120 cars. 

To accomplish Lasell's goal of creating the new 
Bragdon, we ask for and depend on the collective 
generosity of loyal alumni and friends who in the 
past have guided us successfully through several 
dramatic and challenging periods of change. 

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We invite you to join us in this exciting and 
institution-defining challenge. Please consider 
including a donation as part of your Lasell 
philanthropic priority for the next two years. 

To make your gift to the Campaign for Brag- 
don, or for more information about how you 
can participate, please call or email Cathy Black, 
Director of Campaign and Planned Giving, at 
(617) 243-2223 or Go online 
to our secure server to make an online gift at: »- 

Message from the "Campaign for Bragdon" Chair and Director 

period of growth in its history. New residence halls are being built, Taylor Field expanded, 
a Master of Science degree program was unveiled, and a Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies opened. Each contributes to a most promising future for 
this institution. 

But perhaps the greatest achievement of the last several years has been the remarkable growth in our 
student enrollment. For the first time in the history of the College, we have exceeded 1,000 undergraduate 
and graduate students. As exciting as this is, it poses the question: Do we cap our growth or do we meet 

the challenge head on and develop a strategy to sustain this growth? We believe that the only choice is 

1 I ^M ^k^^B^JV °\ ' the latter — to sustain this growth and strengthen our competitiveness. 

*fc A J 4, f ' ■. IhUbHI I The "Campaign for Bragdon" will help meet this challenge. Launched in October 2002, this $5 million 

^ . , „ ., , *»«___*__ _*^ _. j mini-campaign will provide the financial resources for the new Bragdon, a 60-bed residence hall now 

under construction on the site of the former Bragdon Hall. 

Job loss, stock market volatility, and unrest in our world do not make our task of raising funds for 
this Campaign an easy one. However, you, our loyal donor community, have, once again, stepped up to the plate. To date, more than $700,000 in gifts and 
pledges as well as a phenomenal $1 million challenge gift from Joan and Bob Arnow have energized us and helped validate the fact that our Campaign goal 
is realistic and attainable. 

We hope that each of you will consider supporting the Campaign for Bragdon at as generous a level as possible. Come back to campus to witness first- 
hand the progress of the new Bragdon and see in person just how much a difference your philanthropy has and will make in the lives of present and future 
Lasell students. 

Chair Jean Sargent Lee '49 and Director of Campaign and 
Planned Giving Cathy Black. 

Most sincerely, 

jQaftt />(J&l. (ty&tU 

v-/ Jean Sargent Lee '49 

Chair, Campaign for Bragdon 

Cathy Black 

Director of Campaign and Planned Giving 



SPRING 2003 


Campaign Gains Immediate Support 
from Extraordinarily Committed Alumni 

willing to take on leadership roles. When the Campaign for Bragdon was first announced, 
several alumni responded immediately and wanted to be among the first to spearhead the drive. 


Jean Michael Petersen '39 and her husband 
Clint have given in numerous ways to the College 
and are now residents of Lasell Village. Over the 
years, Jean has taken on many leadership roles at 
Lasell. Currently a Corporator, she has also served 
as reunion agent for her 60th Reunion and became 
the first Library Patron and Honorary Chair of the 
Brennan Library Society in 1999. 

Although Jean was not a Bragdon resident 
while a student at Lasell, she did live there for a 
year after graduating. "I was a Home Manage- 
ment major and each year one graduate was 
selected to return to Lasell, live in Bragdon, and 
assist the dietician," Jean explains. 

"So, although I don't have memories of sharing 
experiences with a college roommate in Bragdon, 
I do have memories of the kitchen! I prepared 
foods, made up menus, cooked and shopped with 
Miss Root. I was terrified of her and her authori- 
tative ways, but I survived." 

When asked why she and her husband Clint 
were so willing to step forward and make one of 
the first donations to the Campaign for Bragdon, 
they wrote the following explanation: 

"Because we have lived near enough to 
observe, and marvel at, Lasell's decades of 
progress and remarkable accomplishments, we 
have been willing to support the momentum that 
will produce a "Bragdon II" on the site of the 
original venerable structure that seemed central to 
the small campus. 

We are now enjoying the pleasant features of 
life at Lasell Village and the role model it has 
become, so we look forward to the realization of 
another of Lasell's dreams." 


conradi Mclaughlin '59 

A longstanding loyal alumna who has hosted 
events in her home and served on many different 
committees during the Sesquicentennial Celebra- 
tion, Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59 is currently an 
Overseer. Following are her thoughts on the 
importance of the Campaign for Bragdon: 

"I have enormous respect for Tom de Witt, his 
vision for Lasell, and his drive to make this 
vision a reality. When the Lasell 150 Campaign 
was announced, we all thought it was ambitious. 
However, the momentum was contagious and the 
original goal of $10 million was far exceeded. 

"Now with the Campaign for Bragdon there is 
a new challenge. The academic profile of the stu- 

dents who are choosing Lasell is strengthening 
and the number of applications is increasing. 
Without additional residence space, the College 
will not be able to continue its current growth. 

"I have a great love for Lasell and I am so 
pleased to be able to give back to the College. 
People are starting to take notice of Lasell and 
building Bragdon II is something that needs to be 
done now so that the College's future is assured." 


Since her gradation in 1983, Pell B. Kennedy 
has never let up in her support of the College 
and she currently serves as an Overseer. 

"As a 'younger' alum of Lasell, but still old 
enough to remember 'the good old days,' I am 
delighted to continue to help the College grow, 
search, and navigate its way through the 21st 

"When I learned about the construction of 
Bragdon II, I was immediately excited. I believe 
one of the most important aspects of the well- 
rounded college experience is dormitory living 
and to be able to help provide some portion of 
that for students to come is a small but comfort- 
ing legacy. 

"Lasell has continued to amaze me in the inno- 
vative mustering of its resources. It was for me, 
in 1981-1983, the place I grew and the place I 
grew up in. If I can continue to feed, water, and, 
in this case, shelter the new students, then I've 
paid it forward, and thafs my goal in life. Con- 
tributing to the Bragdon Project is a very easy 
way for me to give back. 

"I hope that my classmates who feel the 
same way will consider this a worthwhile project 
also — I know you're out there." **- 


October 20, 2002 a Day of Remembrances, 
Tributes, and Celebration at Lasell College 

Seminary Avenue, named in memory of P. Lynn Kiefer Holt '61, trustee and chair of the 
Development Committee. Members of Lynn's family close friends, and classmates experi- 
enced a moving tribute to Lynn, featuring a champagne toast and the unveiling of a donor 
plaque in the entrance of the residence hall by President de Witt and Lynn's friend, Aurelie 
Cavallaro. Speaker Diane Austin, Dean of Student Life, eloquently stated, "We could not have 
chosen a more appropriate way in which to capture the essence of the vital, enthusiastic, 
active woman whose laughter we miss and whose memory we cherish." 

Dancing on the Spirit of Boston. 

In addition, the Wedeman Art Gallery, located 
in the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, was 
named in recognition of the generosity of Over- 
seer Harriet "Honey" Markham Wedeman '48 and 
her husband, Joe. Richard Bath, director and chair 
of the Lasell Institute of Fashion Technology, host- 
ed the ceremonies in the Yamawaki Auditorium, 
which included readings by David Blake and 
Patricia Coakley, and a cabaret performance by 
musician, Will McMillan. Upon the unveiling 
of a replica of the donor plaques located in the 
Gallery spaces, guests viewed the art exhibit "My 
Mother's Closer" by faculty member Lynn Blake. 

The day concluded with the annual Donor 
Recognition Dinner, on board the Spirit of Boston 

in Boston Harbor. Guests, all of whom demon- 
strated outstanding philanthropy to Lasell, 
enjoyed a buffet dinner, dancing, and tremendous 
views of the Boston skyline. **- 

President de Witt with Honey and Joe Wedeman. 

Left to right: Margaret Watkinson (Lynn's niece), President 
de Witt, Aurelie Cavallaro, and Jeanne Orcutt Brady '61 at 
the Holt Hall dedication. 

SPRING 2003 




Director of Athletics, Kristy Walter. 

Message from the Athletic Director 

competing. All of the fall teams participate in the North Atlantic Conference and this season proved to 
be very successful for the Lasers of Lasell. The men's soccer team won the North Atlantic Conference 
Championship for the first time by defeating Castleton State College 1-0. The women's volleyball team 
finished the season first place in the conference, but dropped the Championship match to Mount Ida 3-2. 
The women's soccer team made it to the semi-finals of conference play, the field hockey team advanced 
to the quarterfinals, and the cross country team fared well at their conference meet. 

A lot of changes have been taking place in the 
North Atlantic Conference this year. The. North 
Atlantic Conference expanded this fall with the 
addition of Johnson State College and Vermont 
State College. Beginning with the fall of 2003, the 
conference will expand further to include Husson 
College, Thomas College, and the University of 
Farmington. This expansion brings the total num- 
ber of conference teams to 10 for the men and 13 
for the women. 

The main goal of the conference at this time is 
to complete the requirements needed to become a 
NCAA "automatic bid" conference. This means 
that when a team wins the conference champi- 
onship, they will "automatically" qualify for the 
NCAA tournament. The requirements for this 
privilege include: 

• Being in a conference for two years 

• Having six active NCAA members 

• Sponsoring five championships for both men 
and women 

• Having at least seven teams competing in 
each championship 

The addition of these new members helps the 
NAC to fulfill the requirements for the automatic 
qualifier. At this time, the NAC is recognized as a 
voting conference and has begun the two-year 
waiting period that is required of each new confer- 
ence. The expansion of the conference has also 
increased the credibility of the conference and the 
visibility for all of the institutions involved. 

Soccer, basketball, field hockey, women's volley- 
ball, cross country, and softball teams compete in 
the NAC. The remaining varsity teams compete in 
sport-specific conferences that have already quali- 
fied for the automatic bid. Men's lacrosse competes 

in the Pilgrim League, women's lacrosse competes 
in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance 
(NEWLA), and the men's volleyball team 
competes in the Northeast Collegiate Volleyball 
Association (NECVA). 

The spring season should prove to be successful 
too as the softball team looks to defend its confer- 
ence championship and both of the lacrosse teams 
look to contend for a position in the conference 
play-offs and the hopes of post season play. >*■ 


Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Expert Coaching and Sports Psychology 
Keep Men's Basketball Team Focused 


there was a focused glint in each player's eyes. To follow in the footsteps of last year's win- 
ning team, the first in Lasell history to receive a NCAA bid, was a huge challenge. "We lost 
a lot of our high scorers," said Head Coach Chris Harvey, "but this year's team made up 
for it with their hustle and determination." Not only did the team win the North Atlantic 
Conference (NAC) championship again, but they were also tapped for the second time in a 
row to play in the NCAA tournament. 

Harvey has three right hand men assisting him 
with the team. It is the third year he has been 
ably helped by Assistant Coach Reggie Hobbs 
and the second season he has worked with 
Assistant Coach Ryan Kilian. This year he 
brought Mitch Lyons on board. The founder of, a non-profit company, 
Lyons is using his sports psychology know-how 
to keep the Lasers in the mental groove that is 
required for excellence. "He was the missing 
piece for our team and he's keeping us ahead of 
the curve," said Harvey. 

Lyons has put together a written sport psychol- 
ogy curriculum that has been incorporated into 
the Lasell basketball program and has also been 
adopted by Newton North High School and 
Cathedral High School of Boston. "To do this it 
takes a coach who feels comfortable getting out of 
the familiar and who is willing to make adjust- 
ments to his or her program, and Harvey has 
made it happen here at Lasell," said Lyons. 

At the beginning of the season, Lyons ran a 
workshop for the team and distributed goal 

books to the players. "I concentrate on visualiza- 
tion skills, goal-setting, focus, and thought recog- 
nition. Giving your maximum effort is a skill, and 
people perform at their best when they feel good 
about themselves. If players recognize negative 
thoughts they can replace them. It's all about hav- 
ing the team concentrate on the mental skills 
required for excellence." 

"Confidence comes from being prepared," 
continued Lyons. "If the players ask themselves 
before every drill what they should be thinking 
about, it helps them to give 100 percent of their 
effort. We concentrate on the details and not the 
outcome. To get the ball, you must correctly come 
off the screen. To make a pass, ball fake first — 
details win games." 

The players bring in written goals every day 
before practice. "If s an example of discipline," 
explained Harvey, "and it gives the team a feel- 
ing of confidence. They know they've worked 

continued on page 23 

Impassioined Head Coach Chris Harvey. 

Evans Cazeau '04, Mitch Lyons, and Michael Unwin '06 
discuss plays. 


SPRING 2003 


Fall Sports 2002 Season in Review 


"It was a team effort throughout the fall," said 
Coach Giovanni Pacini, and what a season it was! 
For the first time in Lasell history, the men's soc- 
cer team became North Atlantic Conference 

The season began with three straight overtime 
losses, one of them to nationally fourth ranked 
Tufts University, but the team did not lose its 
footing, charging out of this initially frustrating 
streak and never looking back. 

Throughout the playoffs, the Lasers shut out all 
of their opponents. The championship match was 
a 1-0 cliffhanger against Castleton State College. 
The goal came on a penalty kick that was called 
when a Lasell player was taken down inside the 
box. Goalkeeper Graig Murphy '05 earned a 
shutout in all three tournament games and was 
named Tournament MVP. 

Lasell will be losing some outstanding 
seniors, including Anthony and Dean Scarsella, 
Michael Carr, and Bryan Silveira, but the team 
looks to 2003 with the goal of defending their 

Matt Denham '05 goes after the ball with grit and 


The women's soccer team had its most success- 
ful season to date and made it to the NAC semi- 
finals. They got there by shutting out Maine 
Maritime and then had to meet their conference 
rival, Mount Ida. In spite of an early score by 
Kim Jordan '05, Mount Ida took the lead before 
halftime and was able to hold onto it for the rest 
of the game. 

The Lasers received ranking for Division HI 
Women's Soccer Leaders, according to the stats 
in the NCAA January 20, 2003 News. Lasell had 
two players, Merina Andersen '06 and Ashley 
Matthews '05, who were named in the top 24 
in points per game and the top 20 in goals per 
game. In addition, Lasell ranked 11th in the 
scoring offense in the top 15 Division HI Schools. 

Defensively for the team, first time player 
Britney Falite '03 stepped into the goal with 
about half of the year remaining. She played 
in 10 games and had 36 saves. 

Other honors throughout the season included 

Jamie Doron '05 and Kim Jordan '05 being named 
to the NAC All-Tournament team. The 2003 sea- 
son looks very promising. 


The Lasers started their season by winning two 
conference games in Maine against Thomas and 
Husson College. Then they were hit with injuries 
and were unable to keep the streak going. 

"Our transition game wasn't working so we 
couldn't get the ball out of our end," says Coach 
Jessica King. "Finally we got healthy and started 
playing with more intensity. We came together as 
a team and in many instances the score didn't 
indicate how close the games were." 

There were several freshmen in this year's 
starting line-up, including Danielle Dorais, who 
was named NAC Rookie of the Year and earned 
a spot on the the All-Conference Team. Meredith 
Brady '04, was placed on the second All-Confer- 
ence Team. 

Two seniors, Myya Beck and Becky Woodrick, 
who each played three years primarily on the 
defensive end, are graduating and will be much 
missed but with the rest of the team returning, 
the future looks bright. 


The Lasers were denied in their quest for their 
third NAC Championship, but they finished sec- 
ond for the season, after losing to Mount Ida in 
the finals. The entire match was hard fought and 
very competitive on both sides of the net. 

The team was plagued with injuries during the 
regular season, but always played hard. 

Senior Janet Jennings was named NAC Player 
of the Week three times and had a record high of 
338 kills for the season. Janet, Tanya Barbosa '04, 
and Wendy Riddle '06 were placed on the NAC 
All-Conference Team. Tanya had a record high of 
479 digs for the season and Wendy had 340 
assists on the year and was named NAC Rookie 
of the Year. 

Janet Jennings is the only senior on the team, 
so the Lasers promise to be in the fight for the 
championship again next year. 


Both the men and women's teams saw 
improvements across the board for all the runners. 
They made a good showing at the ECAC meet 
with the women placing 29th and the men taking 
36th. Both fields had more than 50 teams. Colleen 
Noonan '05 led the women with a time of 33:22 
for the 6K course. The men ran an 8K course and 
James Martin '03 led the men with a time of 32:47. 

Graduating this year will be seniors Betsey 
Chominski, Lori Mabie, Daniel Hogan and Matt 
Staley. With the rest of the team returning, the 
Lasell team should be quick off the mark **• 

Congratulations to the 2002 Fall North Atlantic Conference 
All- Academic Team. These students have completed two 
years of varsity athletics and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 
or higher. From left to right: Ryan Michelangelo '04, 
Soccer, Danielle Eid '04, Volleyball, Matt Staley '03, Cross 
Country, Allegra Deluca '05, Soccer, and Chris Hickey '04, 

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hard, given it their all, and really deserve 
to win." 

On January 14th, the NCAA awarded the 
Lasers an honorable mention in the Top 10 
Division III Colleges in New England. "I'm 
very pleased and proud," said Harvey. "We've 
done what we're supposed to do and if s a 
result of hard work, but now we have a target 
on our back. Everyone is going to be playing 
their 'A' game against us. 

"The team has been playing hard and the 
games have been physical. Several players have 
been sitting out at practice because of injuries. 
If s a tough time of the season," said Harvey, 
"but we're continuing to work on our skills. 
From here on in the team's effort is going to 
have to be extraordinary." 

With the help of this coaching team, the 
Lasers' work ethic was exceptionally strong 
this year, and they saw positive results because 
of it. They won 20 games in their regular sea- 
son, secured the NAC title, and made it to the 
NCAA tournament. Congratulations to all. **- 

They're off! 

SPRING 2003 




Lasell Lasers Bring Home NAC 
Championship Banners in Both Men's 
Soccer and Basketball! 

and basketball programs and they have been steadily gaining recognition. This season, 
with the soccer team winning the NAC Championship for the first time and the basketball 
team winning for the second time, they are acknowledged forces to be dealt with. 
Congratulations to all the players and their coaches! 

A joyous soccer team celebrates after a close game that was 
won with a penalty kick. In the end, Lasell defeated 
Castleton State College in Vermont to caputure the NAC 

In a dramatic victory over Maine Maritime, the men's basketball team captured the NAC title and then proceeded to receive 
a second At-Large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. They traveled to Southern Vermont College on March 6, 
where, in spite of a last minute run, the Lasers lost by a slim three points. 


Listings that appear in capital letters denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. 
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147. 



1 Tuesday @ Bridgewater State College 4:00 p.m. 

5 Saturday WNEC* 12:00 p.m. 

8 Tuesday BRYANT COLLEGE 3:30 p.m. 

12 Saturday @ Salem State College* 3:30 p.m. 

15 Tuesday @ Southern Maine University 3:30 p.m. 

16 Wednesday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 4:00 p.m. 
19 Saturday COLBY SAWYER COLLEGE 12:00 p.m. 
22 Tuesday @ Curry College 3:00 p.m. 
24 Thursday @ Elms College* 4:00 p.m. 
26 Saturday @ Worcester State College* 11:00 a.m. 
29 Tuesday EMERSON COLLEGE 4:00 p.m. 


1 NEWLA Tournament 
3 NEWLA Tournament 

'Indicates NEWLA Conference game 
Head Coach: Dana Czapnik 



1 Tuesday CLARK UNIVERSITY* 3:30 p.m. 

5 Saturday @ Wheaton College* 1:00 p.m. 

7 Monday MOUNT IDA COLLEGE 4:00 p.m. 

10 Thursday DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE 4:00 p.m. 
12 Saturday @ Western New England College* 12:00 p.m. 

15 Tuesday @ Maine Maritime Academy* 2:00 p.m. 

19 Saturday NORWICH UNIVERSITY* 3:00 p.m. 

22 Tuesday MASS MARITIME ACADEMY* 4:00 p.m. 

24 Thursday @ Salem State College 


Indicates Pilgrim League conference game 

Head Coach: Tim Dunton (1st year) 
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Maciorowski (1st year) 
Daryl Goodwin (1st year) 


3:30 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 


2 Wednesday 


3:00 p.m 

3 Thursday 


3:00 p.m 

5 Saturday 

@ Elms College (2)* 

12:00/2:00 p.m 

6 Sunday 


12:00 p.m 

8 Tuesday 

@ UMass Boston (1) 

3:30 p.m 

11 Friday 

@ Curry College (2) 

3:00 p.m 

13 Sunday 


1:00 p.m 

14 Monday 


3:30 p.m 

16 Wednesday 

@ Becker College (2)* 

3:30 p.m 

18 Friday 

@ Bay Path College (2)* 

3:00 p.m 

22 Tuesday 


2:00 p.m 

25 Friday 



4:00 p.m 

30 Wednesday 

NAC Quarter-finals 




3 Saturday 

NAC Semi-finals 



4 Sunday 

NAC Finals 



* Denotes North Atlantic Conference Game 

Head Coach: Bob McKinley (5th year) 
Assistant Coach: Tom DeFilippo (5th year) 



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